Eugene slammed for Pledge of Allegiance compromise

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Hundreds of hostile calls and emails poured into Eugene City Hall after the city council's vote Tuesday to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at four meetings a year.

City spokeswoman Jan Bohman told The Register Guard more than 90 percent were from out of state, generated by a Fox News report she called misleading. It characterized the vote as against saying the pledge on a regular basis.

Some people reacting to the story said they will boycott Eugene.

The council voted to recite the pledge at four meetings each year close to patriotic holidays: Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Flag Day and the Fourth of July.

It was a compromise after Councilor Mike Clark suggested that the pledge be recited at the start of each regular meeting.

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