Democratic Lawmaker Refuses to Lead the Pledge of Allegiance
A Democratic lawmaker shocked her fellow House members when she refused to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. When asked to do so, Pennsylvania State Representative Babette Josephs said, “I do not pledge the flag of the allegiance based on my First Amendment rights and the fact that I really think it’s a prayer, and I don’t pray in public.”
The Pledge is regarded as an expression of loyalty to the flag and the United States of America. Rep. Josephs believes that the words “under God” make it a prayer. State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-PA) was the one who asked her to lead
the Pledge at that meeting. Today on Fox and Friends, he said that as a veteran, he finds it offensive that any elected leader would decide to not represent their constituents and themselves in this manner.
Rep. Josephs stands by her decision, saying, “How many years ago was 1954? I have not said the Pledge of Allegiance since and I will not say it into the future. Unless they take those words out and make it less of a prayer.”
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