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Thousands Protest 'Pledge' Refusal
thebostonchannel.com ^ | 05/01/2012 | n/a

Posted on 05/01/2012 9:13:52 AM PDT by massmike

FALMOUTH, Mass. -- Roughly 1,000 people filled Falmouth's Town Hall green Monday evening to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in unison.

The outpouring was spurred by outrage over a decision last Monday by Melissa Freitag, Vice Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, not to say the pledge at the weekly meeting.

As acting chairman, Freitag started last Monday night's meeting with a poem, then went on to say she'd "rather not" say the pledge. She then quickly moved on to the night's business.

Fellow selectmen later told NewsCenter 5 that they were caught off guard by Freitag's exclusion of the pledge, since she was on the board 2 1/2 years ago when the board voted that the board would start each meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

At the time, Freitag was the sole vote against saying it. Many who gathered on the Falmouth green called Freitag's actions "unpatriotic."

Others argued that as an elected official who took an oath, she should have left her personal opinion at home. "She's under oath and the Board of Selectmen made it a policy that they say the Pledge of Allegiance. She ignored policy and ignored her oath," said Ted Theis, a Vietnam veteran.

Dick Bolduc, a Korean War veteran, said "substituting the pledge with a poem? Give me a break! People spilled good blood for that flag."

Monday night, Freitag did join the rest of the selectmen on the Town Hall green to recite the pledge. She did not, however, say the words "under God."

She again omitted those words once back inside Town Hall, when she stood for the pledge at the selectmen's meeting.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: falmouth; massachusetts; melissafreitag; pledge

1 posted on 05/01/2012 9:13:56 AM PDT by massmike
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To: massmike

This exactly why we get in on the bottom and prevent people as this from getting onto the political stage. It starts here...local politics.

They need to take it one step further and get her out!


2 posted on 05/01/2012 9:22:07 AM PDT by caww
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To: massmike

I certainly accept her freedom to reject this country, its founding principles, and all that it has historically stood for. She certainly should not pledge loyalty to a system she considers evil.

In that vein, I think her citizenship and voting rights should be revoked.


3 posted on 05/01/2012 9:26:39 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: massmike
What attributes does Melissa Freitag possess that caused the good people in her town to elect her??
4 posted on 05/01/2012 9:31:45 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: massmike

The Communist Takeover Of
America - 45 Declared Goals

#13 - Do away with all loyalty oaths.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Naked_Communist


5 posted on 05/01/2012 9:38:43 AM PDT by massmike (Massachusetts: If they had just kept hanging witches a bit longer...........)
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To: massmike
FALMOUTH, Mass. - Melissa Freitag, Vice Chairman of the Board of Selectmen
melissa.freitag@falmouthmass.us
6 posted on 05/01/2012 9:38:43 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

Me too.


7 posted on 05/01/2012 9:46:48 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: elpadre

It's Massachusetts and she's a barking moonbat.

8 posted on 05/01/2012 9:54:11 AM PDT by Fido969
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To: elpadre

Since it’s in Massachusetts,I can only assume it’s that she has a (D) next to her name....

http://www.ourcampaigns.com/CandidateDetail.html?CandidateID=203833


9 posted on 05/01/2012 9:56:35 AM PDT by massmike (Massachusetts: If they had just kept hanging witches a bit longer...........)
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To: massmike

I don’t say the pledge either. First, because I already have a religion. Second, because I don’t affirm things I know to be untrue. Third, because I’m a grownup and resent being bullied.


10 posted on 05/01/2012 9:57:11 AM PDT by Romulus (The Traditional Latin Mass is the real Youth Mass)
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To: massmike
Freitag started last Monday night's meeting with a poem

So SHE didn't want to recite the pledge, but she foisted her stupid dumb-@ass "poem" on everyone there, without even the courtesy of handing out barf-bags first.

11 posted on 05/01/2012 10:04:05 AM PDT by Fido969
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To: Romulus

“Third, because I’m a grownup and resent being bullied.”

You poor man. You’re a victim. Your suffering must be tremendously hard.


12 posted on 05/01/2012 10:04:55 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Fido969

I’m guessing this is her “message” in response to all the recent celebration that the War on Terror is “over”.


13 posted on 05/01/2012 10:06:15 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: massmike

On our way to a scholastic competition this morning, my son and I stopped at a diner close to the hosting school. The parking lot was packed.

Upon entering, we found no fewer than 100 elderly gentlemen, the majority of whom were wearing verteran ballcaps, complete with pins, patches, and various unit insignia. Judging from their ages and hats, the vets spanned WWII to Vietnam era wars.

As the hostess seated us, she explained that they meet every 21 days for a group breakfast.

After breakfast they started their quasi-meeting with the pledge of allegience. Everyone in the diner stood with their hand over their hearts, including the vets, the restaurant staff, and all other patrons.

It was a great way to start the day. Exton, PA, 20 miles west of Valley Forge.

I couldn’t help but thinking - if only these citizens could determine the next election....

It occured to my son that the diner at that moment topped the list of Worst Places to Attempt a Robbery. (PA is a shall-issue CCW state)


14 posted on 05/01/2012 10:08:00 AM PDT by ConservativeWarrior (Fall down 7 times, stand up 8. - Japanese proverb)
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To: Romulus

If I may ask:

How does “One nation under God” offend your religion?

What is untrue?


15 posted on 05/01/2012 10:09:50 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: elpadre

Now, that’s the real question!


16 posted on 05/01/2012 10:13:37 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: massmike

Today, May 1, is Loyalty Day, a “reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom.”

http://www.nationalwhateverday.com/2012/05/01/loyalty-day/


17 posted on 05/01/2012 10:16:08 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: elpadre

Now, that’s the real question!


18 posted on 05/01/2012 10:16:13 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: treetopsandroofs
What is untrue?

The part about being one nation under God, for a start. We are not a "nation". The claim that we are one and indivisible is a political program, not a statement of fact. To call ourselves "under God" is to mock the Lord. Also, the part about "liberty 'n' justice for all". No serious person believes that.

19 posted on 05/01/2012 10:20:52 AM PDT by Romulus (The Traditional Latin Mass is the real Youth Mass)
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To: massmike

Melissa is just another communist wanderer. They’re a dime a dozen.


20 posted on 05/01/2012 10:23:25 AM PDT by Mashood
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To: AppyPappy

The real victims are the chumps who believe it. Say, do you know the history of the pledge? Interesting story; you should check it out.


21 posted on 05/01/2012 10:23:56 AM PDT by Romulus (The Traditional Latin Mass is the real Youth Mass)
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To: massmike

“I can only assume it’s that she has a (D) next to her name....”

Are you insinuating that the “D” stands for Dumb?


22 posted on 05/01/2012 10:51:43 AM PDT by tired&retired
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To: Mashood; AppyPappy

This one seems much too bitter to be a serious commie. I’m guessing Uncle Sam’s military is perceived to have taken one of its family members or to have caused some personal strife, etc.

And for whatever it’s worth...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance

Nation: a large body of people, associated with a particular territory, that is sufficiently conscious of its unity to seek or to possess a government peculiarly its own: The president spoke to the nation about the new tax.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/nation

All other countries in the world seem to need a flag to rally ‘round, why not fly ours highest and be proud of it and our God?

After all, the muslim/leftist freaks are fond of telling us that their god is the same as the Christian God.


23 posted on 05/01/2012 5:52:59 PM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks massmike.


24 posted on 05/01/2012 6:21:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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