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Fargo School Board's Pledge of Allegiance decision garners attention nationwide

The Fargo Public School Board has received an abundance of attention locally and nationally about its Aug. 9 decision to not recite the Pledge of Allegiance prior to board meetings.

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Fargo School Board member Seth Holden, left, declines to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance with the Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Color Guard at the Tuesday, April 12, 2022, meeting.
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FARGO — Since the Fargo School Board rescinded its decision Aug. 9 to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to begin each meeting, Fargo Public Schools (FPS) has received an abundance of attention both locally and nationally.

Individuals from all over the country have voiced their thoughts on the subject as news of the vote spread.

National news outlets such as Fox News, the New York Post, Daily Mail and the Washington Examiner all have stories pertaining to the school board's decision.

Locally, FPS left the Forum a statement Friday, Aug. 12, regarding phone calls they received containing misinformation.

"Some of the feedback is coming from misconceptions of what was decided by the School Board. Tuesday night's decision does not impact classroom or school practices of the Pledge of Allegiance. The motion that was passed is specific to the start of school board regular meetings. Additionally, the decision was not to change the words of the Pledge of Allegiance to remove the words 'Under God.'"

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Fargo parents Jake Schmitz and Allie Ollenburger joined the political morning show, "Fox and Friends," and both agreed they believe the district's next step will be to remove the Pledge of Allegiance from classrooms.

"The next logical step in the progression is (they'll) want to remove it from schools because it's a non-inclusionary act which is a bunch of crap," Schmidt said on the program.

The news has reached a broad array of people across the country, even tickling the strings of OnlySky, a news source tailored to the religiously unaffiliated.

Hemant Mehta, writer for OnlySky, praised board member Seth Holden for his argument as to why the motion should have been rescinded. He added that the Pledge of Allegiance is somewhat of a ruse.

"The Pledge is nothing more than performative patriotism," Mehta wrote. "There's no good reason for the board to make it an official part of their meetings."

Mehta also commented on the level of professionalism demonstrated by the board, saying they were "civil and respectful."

Christopher Tremoglie, from the Washington Examiner, thinks that the Democratic agenda is at fault for the decision.

"Decades of left-wing brainwashing have convinced educators and administrators they are more compassionate and enlightened than everyone," he wrote. "They support teaching students to devalue our country's core tenets of liberty, instead brainwashing them to believe in the ideals that comprise diversity, equity and inclusion."

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Amid all the attention, FPS is slated to begin its 2022-23 school year Aug. 25.

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