North Dakota School System Reinstates Pledge of Allegiance

Seven of nine members of the Fargo Public Schools Board of Education voted last week to stop reciting the pledge at its monthly meetings. But after a backlash, eight of nine voted Thursday to restore it. City of Fargo spokesman Gregg Schildberger said police are investigating threats against at least three board members. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, a Republican, promoted new legislation earlier this week that would require public schools and governing bodies to administer the pledge without requiring people to recite it.

Why did they stop reciting it and what changed their minds? Board members initially agreed with one of the board members, Seth Holden, who said the phrase “under God” doesn’t align with the district’s diversity and inclusion code. The council argued that parents have the freedom to homeschool their children or send them to private schools, and that public funds should not fund religion. But complaints from conservative lawmakers and an angry response from citizens across the country played a part in causing them to reconsider their decision, the Associated Press reported.

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Jeremy S. McLain