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When they recited the Pledge of Allegiance during a meeting of the Charlottesville (VA) City Council last week, Mayor Nikuyah Walker and Vice Mayor Sena Magill chose to remain seated during the Pledge of Allegiance.

You can see it at the 2:36 mark of this video:

While their actions didn’t prompt further discussion that night, someone in the city is furious, apparently, since he wrote an angry letter to the local newspaper:

So on Jan. 6, Nikuyah Walker was re-elected as the mayor of Charlottesville, and Sena Magill is now the vice mayor — yet neither would stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance. How can they stand up for the City of Charlottesville when they can’t stand up for our country? The sad behavior of the Charlottesville leaders continues!

Imagine how weak you have to be to whine about city leaders not playing along with your personal favorite ritual. That guy didn’t whine about their votes, or their concerns, or their proposals. He chose the least substantive part of the night to complain about.

It’s not the first time the mayor has done this. Now she has company, given that Magill just got elected to her position. That’s how change happens. Now maybe a few of their other colleagues will join in… or just vote to get rid of the mindless ritual altogether.

(Thanks to Brian for the link)

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Hemant Mehta is the founder of, a YouTube creator, podcast co-host, and author of multiple books about atheism. He can be reached at @HemantMehta.