Army Staff Sergeant Cory Schroeder has been banned from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before meetings by the University of Wyoming’s student government because “it could offend international students.”
Schroeder, who served for six years in the Army, including tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq, was elected as a senator to the student government in May.
Schroeder reportedly got upset when “meetings did not open with the option of saying the Pledge,” Campus Reform reports.
“Multiple senators sat me down and said it was a ‘very touchy subject’ and ‘we don’t want to offend anybody,’” Schroeder told Campus Reform.
The outlet reports that the student government’s Robert’s Rule of Order state “time may be taken out at the beginning to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Instead of saying the Pledge, however, ASUW’s mission statement is read aloud, which includes striving for ‘accurate representation’ and ‘responsible effective leadership.’”
Campus Reform reports that when Schroeder asked Ricardo Lind-Gonzales, the student government vice president, to address the issue, he was told that it would be brought up at a meeting and he would get a chance to present his position.
Instead, he says “the issue was subsequently left off the agenda for the remainder of the school year.”
Lind-Gonzales reportedly told the vet that the Pledge “could possibly offend the two international students in ASUW as well as several others who attend the meetings.”
Schroeder says he was given the option to specifically allocate “20 seconds at the beginning of meetings for those who want to say the Pledge.”
However, Schroeder says he fears this will be “a long process in which the liberal standing committee would nitpick the bill’s grammar in order to delay it.”
“If you look at any constitution that governs a student body, there’s no law, there’s no bill that states you must give 20 seconds to say the Pledge of Allegiance, [and there] shouldn’t be,” Schroeder said.
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