Democratic Lawmaker Refuses to Lead Pledge of Allegiance: ‘I Don’t Pray in Public’

Pennsylvania state lawmaker Babette Josephs (D) was caught on tape refusing to lead her fellow House members in the Pledge of Allegiance at a recent meeting. She can be heard telling her colleagues, “Thank you, I do not pledge the flag of the allegiance based on my First Amendment rights and the fact that I really think it’s a prayer, and I don’t pray in public.”

After an awkward pause, she called on another lawmaker to lead the Pledge in her stead.

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