Please urge the Dane County Board of Supervisors to reconsider its policy to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and a “moment of inspiration/prayer” prior to each meeting.
News surrounding the recitation of the pledge at professional athletic events and protests for racial justice has begun to shine a light on its racist and nationalist history. FFRF has documented for decades the pledge’s divisiveness, which erodes our founding ideals of liberty and equality by including a national endorsement of Chrsitianity, literally dividing the “indivisible.”
It’s time that our elected officials get rid of this divisive show of piety and shallow patriotism in favor of true unity. Some supervisors have expressed support for dropping the pledge, and you can help them bring the issue up for discussion by expressing your support.
The Dane County Board of Supervisors next meets on Thursday, Feb. 18. Please email all members and urge them to drop this divisive practice. Feel free to use or adapt the talking points provided. Personalized messages are always the most impactful.
We also encourage you to register to attend this virtual Board meeting, and to offer a public comment in support of ending the pledge and prayer practice. Information on how to register is available on the meeting’s agenda.
SUGGESTED TALKING POINTS
As a Dane County resident, I urge the Board to reconsider its policy to begin meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance and moment of inspiration/prayer. The nationalist and divisive history of the pledge makes it a poor choice to include in meetings that should favor representing all Dane County residents, regardless of race, religion or creed. I urge you to drop the practice of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and the moment of inspiration/prayer in the interest of inclusivity, secularism and true unity. Thank you for your time.