The mayor of Silverton, Colorado recently banned the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance at the town’s board of trustees meetings. That’s not all, when someone got up during the public comment section of the meeting and began saying the pledge along with some others, the mayor declared that they were out of order and threatened that they would be forced to leave.
“…with liberty and justice for all!”
Shane Fuhrman is the mayor of Silverton which sits in the western San Juan Mountains in Colorado. He announced during a town board meeting that the Pledge of Allegiance would no longer be recited, according to the Durango Herald.
“Due to direct and indirect threats, inappropriate comments in and out of public meetings, and the general divisiveness this is creating in our community, we will not be doing the Pledge of Allegiance during the town of Silverton board of trustee meetings,” Fuhrman said on Monday.
The mayor continued, ”And it’s removed from agendas and our protocols until such time that we can discuss this at a board retreat or workshop.”
Fuhrman didn’t give specific reasons behind his decision and got some pushback from board members right away. Several members disagreed and they also felt that they should have been consulted first.
“Any other unilateral decisions we need to know about?” board trustee Molly Barela asked after the decision was rendered.
“If you’d like to find somewhere in the code that does not permit me to do this, I welcome that discussion at our next meeting,” Fuhrman said in response.
Barela answered back: “It’s just been done for a long time. We all took an oath. And we, as the board, collectively decided it would be done.”
Later in the meeting, during the time that is open to the public to speak, a woman stood up and said she wanted to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Nine other people, including two board members, stood with her and recited the Pledge. This included Barela.
After they finished, the mayor declared that they were behaving out of order and said that they would be forced to leave if there were any more interruptions.
KDVR, a local news source, reported that Fuhrman said he made his decision based on inappropriate comments “in and out of public meetings and general divisiveness and issues created in our community.”
Barela later told KDVR news, “To tell members of the public they are not allowed to say the Pledge of Allegiance during public comment and threaten to have them removed that it was a one strike and you’re out policy violates every single one of their first amendment rights.”
There is some history to this story. In April of 2018, a man almost faced charges of harassment and menacing because he verbally attacked a trustee who refused to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. The Herald reported that Mayor Fuhrman was one of the board members who had stayed seated during the Pledge since May 3rd. There had been no elaboration about their stance…or lack of stance.
Lauren Boebert tweeted about this scenario saying, “Silverton, CO’s Mayor unilaterally banned the Pledge of Allegiance at city meetings.
It’s hard to put into words what kind of anti-American disgrace this is.
Mayor Fuhrman should resign and purchase a one-way ticket to China where he won’t have to worry about hearing the pledge!”
President Eisenhower would have agreed with Lauren. He said this after signing the bill to have The Pledge of Allegiance recited in our nation’s schools: “From this day forward, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural schoolhouse, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty…. In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way, we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource, in peace or in war.”