COLUMBIA — The Pledge of Allegiance will be recited before each City Council meeting and work session. The council voted Monday to amend Chapter 2 of the city code to require the recitation of the pledge.
The motion, proposed by Fourth Ward Chairman Daryl Dudley, passed by a 5-2 vote after a brief discussion among the council.
Paul Sturtz, First Ward, and Barbara Hoppe, Sixth Ward, both opposed the amendment.
"I think the pledge is a bit problematic," Sturtz said, speaking of the "under God" portion. "It's divisive. It puts people in an uncomfortable position at the beginning of our meeting."
Hoppe argued that reciting the pledge would be redundant because of council members' oath of office to serve the citizens. She used Abraham Lincoln as an example of someone who never recited the pledge, then quoted his Gettysburg Address pointing out that the council is "a government of the people, by the people, for the people."
The others on the council did not comment before voting.