A mayor in Silverton, Colorado wasn’t happy when residents at a town meeting decided to recite the Pledge of Allegiance even after he banned it from the meeting. The video below is poor quality but you get the gist of what happened:
Here’s more from FOX 31 (which has better video):
Silverton Mayor Shane Fuhrman announced at Monday’s town trustee meeting that the Pledge of Allegiance would no longer be recited at the start of the meetings.
“Due to direct and indirect threats, inappropriate comments in and out of public meetings and general divisiveness and issues created in our community, we will not be reciting the Pledge of Allegiance during Town of Silverton trustee meetings,” Fuhrman said.
Fuhrman’s announcement wasn’t accepted with open arms. Immediately following his statement, Silverton Trustee Molly Barela spoke up.
“We already discussed this as a board, and any other unilateral decisions we need to know about?” she asked the mayor.
“If you’d like to find somewhere in the code, something that doesn’t permit me to do this, then I welcome that discussion at our next meetings,” Fuhrman responded.
Barela then went on to tell the Mayor the decision was made without the board’s opinion.
“It’s been done for a long time. We all took an oath, and we as a board we decided it would be done,” Barela said.
Watch the news video because it explains more of what happened. Namely, that during the comment period, one city resident stood up and said she wanted to recite the pledge and immediately all the residents and some members stood up and began reciting it. The mayor tried to protest, but they plowed ahead. Once they were done, the mayor threatened to kick them out of the meeting if they did something like that again. What a jerk!