Student Govt. at Grand Valley State U. Votes to Restore Pledge of Allegiance to Meetings
“Under the new policy, students have the option to stand or not stand during the recitation of the Pledge.”
That was fast. The vote to remove the pledge from meetings was just reported two days ago.
FOX News reports:
Pledge of Allegiance recitation removed from, then restored to Michigan university’s student government meetings
Student government leaders at a Michigan university said Tuesday that a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance would be restored to the agenda for their meetings after they voted last week to scrap it.
In a statement on Facebook, the Grand Valley State University’s Student Senate said they decided to restore the pledge to the agenda after it “contemplated the many diverse perspectives of students and stakeholders … through deliberate dialogue, we worked to find a solution that we believe will meet the needs of all students.” Under the new policy, students have the option to stand or not stand during the recitation of the Pledge.
The body voted last week to remove the Pledge of Allegiance from its agenda after its verbiage was deemed non-inclusive. Video obtained by Campus Reform showed the Grand Valley State University student senate discussing the vote after weeks of debate.
Students who backed the initiative scrapping the Pledge reportedly took issue with the mention of the word “God.”
“I have no allegiance to pledge to the Federal Government as someone who feels entirely unsupported by its figurehead,” one student said.
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A compromise which will satisfy no one.
I personally am annoyed by the Pledge at meetings because meetings are generally a very expensive (in terms of wasted time) way to do anything. Tacking an irrelevant ritual on at the start just adds more wasted time. Standing, sitting, or reclining, the waste of time is the same.
It’s not a flag problem. I own two dozen full-size American flags, and if somebody wants to have a meeting about American flags, count me in. But I’m impatient with irrelevant rote ritual.
That’s some Olympic-caliber confusion in that student gubment…