“I pledge allegiance…” no, I don’t.
A public prayer? Again, I won’t.
My first amendment rights allow my protest in this case!
The Pennsylvania House, this week
Observed a Rep refuse to speak
The chairman made an issue just to pander to his base.
A Democrat refused to pray
Though why she did, I cannot say
Perhaps she knows that Jesus was opposed to public prayer
The chairman (from the GOP)
Decided (so it seems to me)
That pledging one’s allegiance is the government’s affair
The chairman doesn’t find it odd
To swear allegiance “under God”
And hold this as a standard for the country to enforce
The chairman will defend the pledge
Because he finds it gives an edge
Political expedience will always be his course.
Democratic Rep. Babette Josephs said the words “under God” in the Pledge make it a prayer, and she refused to say it.
When Republican Chairman Darryl Metcalfe, who represents Butler, asked Josephs to lead the pledge, she refused.
As everyone was standing to say the pledge, Josephs said, “Based on my First Amendment rights and based on the fact that I really think it’s a prayer, I don’t pray in public.”
Josephs is retiring in just a few days, so there’s not much reason for this, other than Metcalfe grubbing for points with his base.