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Connecticut lawmaker resigns in protest after board votes to recite Pledge of Allegiance before meetings

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What’s going on in Connecticut? First we learn that a local official was taking a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance and now the chairman of a school district’s board of education resigned over the pledge.

New Hartford School Board Chairman Josh Adams resigned after the board voted to begin each meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, the Republican-American reported.

The measure was said to be intended as a show of unity, to have the board start each meeting “on the same page.”

But that was a page Adams, a Democrat, had no interest in reading.

The defiant chairman said he doesn’t pledge allegiance to anything, according to the newspaper, and that he supports the “principles on which the country was founded.”

As chairman, Adams told the board that he sets the agenda and he had no intentions of letting the proposal come up for a vote, but he was overruled by the other members, prompting his resignation.

Selectwoman Melissa Schlag, from Haddam, Conn., engaged in a personal protest to show her dislike of President Donald Trump during Board of Selectmen meetings by taking a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance.

Inspired by radical former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, Schlag is opposed to much of the president’s agenda, including his “zero tolerance” toward illegal immigration and climate change.

Here’s a quick sampling of reactions to Adam’s decision from Twitter:


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