Wisconsin County Supervisor Makes Proposal To Eliminate ‘Divisive’ Pledge Of Allegiance From Board Meetings

One Wisconsin county supervisor has submitted a proposal to eliminate the Pledge of Allegiance and the word “prayer” from county board meetings, calling it divisive.

Per Fox 6 in Milwaukee, the board’s executive committee will consider Dane County supervisor Heidi Wegleitner’s proposal at a meeting Thursday.

“It just doesn’t feel like it’s appropriate for us to be doing, when in a pluralistic society we want to be inclusive and representative,” Wegleitner said. “At the end of the day, I think it’s divisive.”

Wegleitner argues that there is an inconsistency in which area governmental bodies recite the pledge at the beginning of meetings. She says that while municipalities such as Fitchburg, Sun Prairie and Verona take part in reciting the pledge, others such as Madison and Waunakee do not.

Board member Tim Rockwell is opposed to Wegleitner’s proposal and argued that praying at the start of meetings makes the board more inclusive.

“This is all in the same city that is home to the Freedom From Religion Foundation,” said Rockwell, who cited that more than 45% of the county is religious.

Rockwell added that the county’s religious diversity should be “celebrated and not squashed.”

The final decision on the proposal will be made on April 5.


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  1. OK, I’m gonna be the asshole here… I DON’T EVER say “The Pledge.” When placed in that situation, I remain silent, but reverent — If FORCED, I will recite MY “Soldier’s Oath” rather than :The Pledge.”

    Please note the subtle differences in the Soldier’s Oath and The Pledge:

    “I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

    I am a US veteran. Like All vet, I swore and oath to defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic. To that end, I CANNOT say a pledge to “the flag” while I hold true to the “Soldier’s Oath” — saying “The Pledge” means I hold The Nation/flag more important than the Constitution, which I cannot do by virtue of my sworn oath to the Constitution. READ the 2nd to LAST Clause of the Soldier’s Oath: “according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.” This means I DO NOT have to obey UNLAWFUL orders — and I, solely, have the responsibility to judge ALL ORDERS as being lawful/Constitutional or not.

    So help me God!

    Come at me, Bitches!

    • Not coming at you, just countering your stance. Remember that the pledge is to the flag and to the Republic (that is represented by the flag). The Constitution is a part of the Republic. I don’t see these pledges as mutually exclusive.

      That said, can we add a good “Let’s Go, Brandon” to the end of the Soldier’s Oath?

      • The pledge of allegiance, our flag, the US constitution, and yes, the Soldier’s Oath are all part of who we are, AMERICANS! I am also a VET and I proudly stand, remove my cover, salute, and say the Pledge of Allegiance when appropriate!

      • You’re all good, it’s just the way I view the Constitution. To me, the Constitution created the USA, therefor all other things “American” are just part of the Constitution and subordinate to the same. Remove the Constitution and do we really have a “USA,” or are we just another parliamentary democracy?

        I never disrespect “The Pledge,” (I stand and remove my hat) as it is all some people can do. I never disrespect the National Anthem, as it is the the most emotion some can display toward The Constitution that created our “nation.”

        I have been blessed to have this distinction.

  2. If the residents of Dane County do not immediately initiate a recall procedure against Heidi Wegleitner, you all get what you deserve. This is not a “Free Speech” issue. She officially brought this up for a vote by the county council.

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