Eugene council may compromise on pledge

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- The Eugene City Council discussed a proposal Monday night to say the Pledge of Allegiance before every regular meeting.

Council members only agreed to talk more about a compromise in which they would say the pledge at meetings close to holidays such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Flag Day and the Fourth of July.

The Register Guard reports that Councilor Mike Clark wants the council to say the pledge regularly "to celebrate something that unites us." He says Eugene likes to celebrate the "strange and weird" but there is less tolerance and sometimes hostility for traditional customs.

Mayor Kitty Piercy and some other councilors worry the pledge would be divisive. Councilor George Brown told Clark he should say the pledge at his home or with friends.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com