Decision to say Pledge of Allegiance draws national attention

Decision to say Pledge of Allegiance draws national attention

EUGENE, Ore. — A decision by the Eugene City Council to say the Pledge of Allegiance four times a year is gaining national attention.

A USA Today headline read “Eugene Council Spars Over Pledge of Allegiance.”

A Fox News story led with “Compromise on Pledge of Allegiance in Oregon Town Has Some Seeing Red.”

Bloggers even chimed in with articles reading “Eugene, Oregon Upholds Ban On Reciting Pledge of Allegiance,” and “Uber-Liberal Eugene, Oregon Limits Pledge of Allegiance To Four Times Per Year Before City Council Meetings, Compared to Communist Manifesto.”

The Eugene City Council voted 6-2 Monday to say the Pledge of Allegiance four times a year.

According to city officials, the Pledge will be read at four meetings closest to patriotic holidays including Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Flag Day and the Fourth of July.

The decision is a a compromise after Councilor Mike Clark suggested that the pledge be recited at the start of each regular meeting.

Prior to the vote, the council did not recite the Pledge at the beginning of each meeting.

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