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FARGO SCHOOL BOARD

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The Fargo school board added the Pledge of Allegiance, and then rescinded it, and a predictable furor ensued. The board then compounded their “unforced error” by surrendering to intimidation and reinstating the pledge, with a 7-1 vote. A hard lesson hopefully learned.
One of the best things about our freedom of speech, and participatory politics, is that everyone gets a say. One of the worst things is that "everyone" includes a lot of morons.
What is the culture war if not a pitched battle to impose one group's preferred culture on others, without much effort invested in trying to find compromise and accord? I don't care which side of that fight you're on; if you're in it, you're part of the problem.
Let's not forget who it was that thought it a good idea for the school board to open this front in the culture war. Serving on a school board is not a license to indulge in personal political vendettas.
The move comes in the wake of a 7-2 decision by the Fargo School Board last week to rescind an earlier decision requiring that the Pledge of Allegiance be recited at the start of each board meeting.
"An organization that promotes death as a solution can never be a healthy influence for our children, no matter the virtue of any of its employees," writes Roxane Salonen. "The rot at the center ultimately seeps out and reaches the innocent."

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