I agree with the Ninth Circuit's ruling on the Pledge of Allegiance and go a step further. Having schoolchildren recite the Pledge of Allegiance is simple indoctrination. Rote repetition does nothing to teach kids about the values and principles our country was founded on.
As brainwashing it has worked way too well. Look at all the people who are convinced this recitation makes them a patriot, yet sit back and say nothing while our government tears the Constitution and Bill of Rights to shreds. Waving a flag around will not save freedom.
While I don't have a problem with adults saying the pledge if they so chose, I do object to government officials referring to God while acting in an official capacity. If the City Council wants to say a Pledge of Allegiance, they should drop the two words "under God." I'm surprised they haven't dropped the phrase "liberty and justice for all," since they clearly don't believe in it. If they cared about liberty they would not have attempted a forced annexation (no vote of the people). If they cared about justice they would have released the memos (the department head estimates of annexation costs).