The video evidence is clear and now the mystery behind the two town council members’ refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance begins to unfold. Debate on both sides has increased according to the Blaze, concerning whether there was a legitimate reason for two Hamden, Main city council members to sit in protest at the reciting of the nation’s Pledge of Allegiance.
With each passing day since the March 17th incident the town has become engulfed in controversy over Hampden Town Council members William Shakespeare and Thomas Brann refusal to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance in the public meeting. But both men feel that their protest is legitimate.
Brann, who served his nation as a Vietnam veteran felt especially disturbed by how the town’s mayor Carol Duprey introduced the pledge. She commented in the video that the pledge was done to “pay tribute to those in uniform “currently serving in harm’s way.”
It is the last part of the phrase, “serving in harm’s way,” which is particularly offensive to Brann. He suggests that the Pledge of Allegiance is for “every single person supporting the Constitution deserves honor and respect, not just those in combat — and it’s wrong for Duprey to leave others out,” reported the Blaze.
The answer according to the defiant council member is easy. He indicated that if Mayor Duprey simply eliminated the qualifier “in harm’s way” from her introduction the 14-year council member would gladly stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
The mayor on the other hand is having problems with the suggestion and is claiming that her goal was to simply honor the flag. Yet Brann seems to think, according to the Blaze that there are other ulterior motives and he puts the blame on the Tea Party shoulders.
The city council holder told the Blaze, “that the council’s vigorously debated decision to start meetings with the pledge is part of a larger “Tea Party, extreme conservative Republican” push to take over town politics and “embarrass” and “discredit” him and Shakespeare.”
The mayor of the 7,000 plus residents has indicated she is not affiliated with any party and simply wants to honor the nation’s flag.
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