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Letter: It sounds as though Fargo School Board members need to re-examine their values

Minch writes, "Our children and their teachers are not served by self-indulgent, virtue signaling motions from a member of the board that do nothing but display his inauthentic and misplaced 'wokeness.'"

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On the motion of one of the nine members of the Fargo School Board, it will no longer recite the Pledge of Allegiance at its meetings , because that member objects to its use of the words “under God.”

The board should recite the original 1892 version of the pledge drafted by Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister and early Democratic Socialist. He believed in a strict separation of church and state and did not use the offending two words. He also believed in equal distribution of economic resources and was forced from the pulpit for preaching against the evils of capitalism. The offending two words “under God” we’re not added to the pledge until 1954.

I witnessed the naturalization ceremony before the Redhawks game in Fargo on Aug. 2nd. At its conclusion almost everyone in the stadium, including all the proud new Americans, stood with their hands over their hearts and recited the pledge. No doubt the reasons why our welcome new Americans came here were fresh in their minds and they have not learned to take our great country for granted.

Our children and their teachers are not served by self-indulgent, virtue signaling motions from a member of the board that do nothing but display his inauthentic and misplaced “wokeness.”

If the original version of the pledge does not align with the board’s diversity, equity and inclusion values, it is those values that need to be re-examined.

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Roger Minch lives in Fargo.

This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

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