Pa. lawmaker refuses to say Pledge of Allegiance at House meeting
Posted by Mr DoctorE on October 12, 2012
HARRISBURG, Pa. —
A state lawmaker is coming under fire after refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance at a recent house committee meeting.
Democratic Rep. Babette Josephs said the words “under God” in the Pledge make it a prayer, and she refused to say it.
When Republican Chairman Darryl Metcalfe, who represents Butler, asked Josephs to lead the pledge, she refused.
As everyone was standing to say the pledge, Josephs said, “Based on my First Amendment rights and based on the fact that I really think it’s a prayer, I don’t pray in public.”
God was injected in 1954