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BREAKING: Washington Senior Center BANS Members from Reciting the Pledge

by Paul Goldberg
BREAKING: Washington Senior Center BANS Members from Reciting the Pledge

A senior citizen center in Washington has banned the Pledge of Allegiance, comparing it to “Hitler,” and reportedly forcing the elderly members to “huddle” in a corner for the pledge.

American Mirror reported that officials at the Mullis Community Senior Center on San Juan Island in Washington state recently banned members from saying their traditional prayer and Pledge of Allegiance before lunch, forcing them to huddle in the corner around their own flag to pay tribute to American freedom.

But a subsequent crackdown to enforce the ban has reportedly resulted in members of the local American Legion arrested for trespassing with American flags, as well as reports of senior center staff roughing up elderly members who insist on reciting the pledge.

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From KIRO

Drama is unfolding faster than a flag at the Mullis Community Senior Center in Friday Harbor due to a new restriction on saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

Recently, the Mullis Community Senior Center Board of Directors decided — without speaking to center members, allegedly — to remove the traditional prayer and Pledge of Allegiance before lunch, other than on a few specific days when the pledge would still be allowed. The senior center is funded by San Juan County.

“They wrote a new rule into their house rules stating that nobody could do this without the first prior coordination through them, so they took it upon themselves simply as their board and rewrote the rules for the senior center,” American Legion Post 163 Commander Daven Holzer explained.

A group of seniors decided to start saying the pledge on their own about 15 minutes before the meal. They did not make anyone join them who did not wish to, but wanted to still take the chance to salute the symbol of the nation.

“They thought the situation had resolved itself, but then [the senior center] started telling them they were no longer allowed to do it beforehand anyway,” Holzer said.

At this point, concerned seniors approached Holzer at the Friday Harbor American Legion post. He and his colleagues at the American Legion joined the seniors at the center, leading the Pledge of Allegiance in the corner for those who wanted to say it.

“We were received greatly by the members who were there,” Holzer said.

The next day, however, Holzer said that he received a less-than-appreciative phone call from the director of the senior center.

“She just didn’t understand how it was right that I should come storming and barging in there, dictating how they’re doing things,” he said.

In the meantime, the flag no longer stands in the main gathering space of the center. Holzer said that American Legion members have been threatened, harassed, and kicked out of the building.

When Holzer confronted senior center staff asking how it could restrict people’s constitutional rights, he said that the response was, “You think that the people of Nazi Germany enjoyed saying, ‘Heil Hitler?’”

“My response to her, besides a dumbfounded look, was, ‘They didn’t have a choice. In this country you do,’” he recalled. “‘And you’re taking away everyone’s choice and right of saying the Pledge of Allegiance.”

Law enforcement has been pulled into the conflict. The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office escorted a veteran out of the building for trespass after he brought in a flag and said the Pledge of Allegiance. The sheriff’s office has received numerous other calls under similar circumstances reported as trespass from the senior center.

Additionally, Holzer and American Legion Post 163 Sergeant-at-Arms Shannon Plummer said, a senior center staff member allegedly assaulted a senior saying the pledge.

While the American Legion’s motto is, “For God and country,” Holzer and Plummer understood the church and state argument for removing the prayer from a government-funded senior center.

What they did not understand was how citizens could be forbidden from reciting words that mean a great deal to them. Just as it would be unconstitutional to force someone to say the pledge, they said, it is equally unconstitutional to force them not to.

“It’s amazing the amount of people who enjoy the liberties of this country, but they don’t want to have to go ahead and produce any of the work that those liberties entitle you to,” Plummer said.

The Mullis Community Senior Center had not yet responded to requests for comment at press time. The story will be updated if and when a response is received.

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6 comments

Roger Dunn June 16, 2019 - 17:19

How terribly sad, it’s like someone not allowing me to sing God Save the Queen, Kahn will try and ban that in London if his ass isn’t booted down the road

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American pride June 16, 2019 - 20:34

What I want to know as an American is, What do American Patriots have in their arsenal to take out a Congress who refuse to do the bidding of their Citizens who are fed up with the government but don’t intend on overthrow the whole of Government. Also is there a way for Americans to overthrow the Democratic Party for Treason against Americans? Political Lawyers……Constitutional Law Offices… anyone who has any idea please come forward and help America get rid of Corrupt Politicians.

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JERRY HOOPS June 17, 2019 - 03:51

every one need get out of the center go some where elde.

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garry pollack June 17, 2019 - 05:35

who elected this board that is abusing these seniors?…No, they shud leave…°!° the American Legion is a veterans group!

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joseph l boggs June 17, 2019 - 04:07

How much of this home’s financial support is medicare? And the elderly can control their medicare dollars, particularly if the federals become involved. Consider this abuse of the elderly and then mobilize the social justice warriors.

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Freeland_Dave June 17, 2019 - 16:48

San Juan is an island in the Puget Sound that gets it’s income from tourists visiting there. Their closest neighbor is Victoria in Canada and the only way you can get there is by a ferry out of Anacortes, Washington. As with most senior centers in the state of Washington they depend on funding from the state, county but mostly locals who depend on tourism for their money. So, now that you know that our pledge is considered to be like paying forced homage to Adolph Hitler, just don’t spend your tourist dollars there and take the ferry from Anacortes to Victoria. Better yet, vacation somewhere else as many Canadians are just as bad as these blue-hairs are on San Juan. Now this may be unfair to others who lie there that don’t feel that way. TOUGH! Either move away or reign in the stupidity that exists in your Senior Center.

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