The Mayor of Winter Garden ordered a man to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance which ended with a prayer, and when the man refused, the Mayor ordered the Chief of Police to escort him from the city council meeting. [Mayor] Rees said he considered the man’s refusal to stand for the Pledge of
Allegiance to be disrespectful to American military troops who are
serving overseas and others who have given their lives in defense of
Well, Mr. Mayor. I don’t see how you honor men who have died for freedom by ordering the man to leave a government meeting AT GUNPOINT because he refuses to pledge his allegiance and pray to your version of god.
The article then says:
Though Rees said he did not know Richardson by name, he recognized him
from previous meetings as the man who sits in the front row and then
leaves after the invocation and pledge. “He doesn’t come to the meetings
because he cares about the city,” Rees said.
So the Mayor gets to decide who cares and does not care about the city?
I fought in a war so that people would be free from petty tyrants, not to empower those same tyrants. Don’t you DARE invoke my name to enforce your power on others.