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Letter: The Fargo School Board has made us famous for the wrong reasons

"The originators of the motion to stop the Pledge of Allegiance at board meetings wants everyone to think the same way they do," writes Fargo resident Todd Gross.

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Once again, the thought process of Progressive Socialism has been portrayed and enacted by the Fargo School Board .

The originators of the motion to stop the Pledge of Allegiance at board meetings wants everyone to think the same way they do. It is not enough that they could just be silent during the pledge, but that their values have to be imposed on all members of the board, no matter their beliefs or aspirations.

The Fargo School Board approved the reading of a 10-year, long-range plan to add more schools to south Fargo.
The Fargo school board added the Pledge of Allegiance, and then rescinded it, and a predictable furor ensued. The board then compounded their “unforced error” by surrendering to intimidation and reinstating the pledge, with a 7-1 vote. A hard lesson hopefully learned.
Fargo School Board members reinstated their policy to say the Pledge of Allegiance prior to meetings. The back-and-forth decisions and debate have spurred threats of violence and national attention.
"The pledge is not forcing you to conform to religion, a political party, a nationality, a race or a gender," writes Fargo resident Erik Walker. "It is giving gratitude to one of the few nations on this planet that allows you to be all of those things that you choose to be."
"Tell the district that if they do not want the pledge because of God, they should not want taxpayer money because God is included on our currency," writes Minot resident Craig Argabright.
"How is it that leaders and lemmings in 'the law and order party' are attacking the nation’s premier law enforcement agency for doing its job?" asks Jack Zaleski. "If Republicans believe in the rule of law, they should also believe that no one, not even a former president, is above the law."
One of the best things about our freedom of speech, and participatory politics, is that everyone gets a say. One of the worst things is that "everyone" includes a lot of morons.
Before the vote, several members of the Fargo School Board mentioned they had received a storm of hateful calls and emails, some of them threatening, as well as calls of support.
The Fargo School Board has called a special meeting for Thursday, Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. to discuss whether the board will say the Pledge of Allegiance to start its meetings — a debate that has become a hot-button issue. InForum will carry a livestream of the meeting here.
With controversy surrounding the Fargo School Board's decision to stop reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, InForum cartoonist Steve Stark revisits the pledge's message.
Moorhead resident Phyllis Hohle expresses her disdain after reading that Fargo School Board members have been receiving hate mail.
"In the face of Bismarck's escalating attempts to defund our schools, which are currently among the best in the nation, local boards of education need to seriously consider retaliation," writes Fargo resident Zac Echola. "That's the political reality they're facing in this era of extreme hostility."

Well, they have left an indelible impression of the ergonomics of this board; so much so that it was presented at a Big & Rich concert in West Fargo and has gotten Gov. Doug Burgum involved. Well done. You’ve made us famous on a larger stage.

Todd Gross is a resident of Fargo.

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

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