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Pledge of Allegiance Dropped at San Francisco School Board Meeting. Here’s What They Replaced it With.

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Stevon Cook, the new president of the San Francisco school board, decided to get his term started off by dropping the Pledge of Allegiance during his first meeting.

However, while he dropped the Pledge, he didn’t allow that particular time to be empty silence. Instead, they recited a Maya Angelou quote. Gee, how progressive and patriotic.

Instead of the pledge, Cook read a quote from poet Maya Angelou: “When you learn, teach. When you get, give,” the paper said.

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Cook told the Chronicle he’d been considering dropping the pledge after his election following former President Hydra Mendoza’s exit two weeks ago.

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“There are a lot of ways to express gratitude and appreciation for the country and its citizens,” Cook added to the paper Wednesday morning. “This is how I plan to do that.”

State education code requires schools to conduct a daily patriotic exercise, but district officials told the Chronicle the code doesn’t extend to public meetings.

But while the pledge for decades has been the first order of business at the city’s school board meetings, the Chronicle said not all board members have participated in it, with some standing but not reciting the words.

Cook was one of them, the paper said.

“We should stand for [the pledge] because those ideals are important to me,” he told the Chronicle. “To speak them is another thing.”

Cook went on to say that the vast majority of Americans don’t have a clue who wrote the Pledge or when it was implemented.

A lot of folks might be surprised to learn that Francis Bellamy, the man who came up with the Pledge in 1892 was actually a socialist minister. In 1954, President Eisenhower decided to add the phrase “under God” to the Pledge as a response to the rise of communism.

Kind of a crazy history, but still, a lot of what the Pledge of Allegiance has to offer are principles a lot of folks believe in with their all of their heart. It’s been a tradition for a long time in San Francisco, so perhaps Cook should’ve at least had the decency to inform everyone of what was going on.

Source: TheBlaze

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