The pledge — where is your allegiance?

October 12, 2010

In third grade, saying the Pledge of Allegiance each morning was cool. My teacher even led us in singing “America the Beautiful” or “The Star Spangled Banner” before class. It seems that my classmates have grown up, however, and for whatever reasons, saying the pledge isn’t such an event.

It’s really disheartening to look around when the announcement comes on each morning: “Good morning Patriots, please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.” Read more

Resident asks City Council to remove Pledge of Allegiance

January 12, 2010

A city resident asked the City Council to drop the Pledge of Allegiance from meetings last week — less than a month after he asked the Issaquah School Board to remove the pledge from its meetings. Read more

Resident who asked Issaquah School Board to drop pledge asks City Council to follow suit

January 5, 2010

NEW — 12:27 p.m. Jan. 5, 2009

A city resident asked the City Council to drop the Pledge of Allegiance from meetings Monday — less than a month after he asked the Issaquah School Board to remove the pledge from its meetings.

Moments after council and audience members recited the pledge, longtime Issaquah Highlands resident Matt Barry said the pledge should be eliminated because the oath is offensive to atheists and irrelevant to city business.

“You are here to discuss transportation, services, operations, etc.,” Barry said. “Taking a position on religious questions such as this, whether this nation is under zero, one or more gods is, literally, none of the government’s business.”

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Resident asks school board to remove Pledge of Allegiance from meetings

December 22, 2009

The Issaquah School Board may consider eliminating the Pledge of Allegiance at its regular business meetings.

At their Dec. 9 meeting, school board members were asked to eliminate the pledge from their meetings by parent Matthew Barry.

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