Someone needs to get their irony meter checked. Via ThinkProgress:
A Florida mayor ejected one of his constituents from a City Commission meeting on Thursday because he declined to stand during the invocation and pledge to the flag at the beginning of the meeting.
Winter Garden Mayor John Rees, a nonpartisan official leading an Orlando suburb of about 37,000, was caught on video demanding that an audience member stand for a prayer, which thanked God for “allowing us to live in a country where we’re free to believe, think, and pray.”
The audience member responded, “I don’t believe I have to do that, thank you.” After the prayer, Rees again instructed the constituent, identified by the Orlando Sentinel as Joseph Richardson, to stand for the pledge to the flag as “children have to in school.” Richardson again politely declined.
“Okay. I asked him to either stand or please be escorted out as we do the Pledge,” Rees says in the video. “It’s just not fair to our troops and people overseas, sir.”
City police then enforced the mayor’s demand and Richardson left.
The Supreme Court has ruled that no one may be compelled to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. A number of churches and denominations have specific imprecations against pledging to the flag or taking oaths, or even praying out loud. But none of that seems to matter to Mr. Rees, who did it for the troops. He perhaps will be explaining it to an attorney when he gets his ass sued in court for violating the spirit and the letter of the First Amendment.