EL CERRITO (KCBS) – The El Cerrito City Council rejected a proposal to drop the Pledge of Allegiance from future meetings, but did approve one change on Tuesday.

Agendas for upcoming city council meetings will still list the Pledge of Allegiance but from now on, attendees will be invited to observe a moment of silence if they don’t want to recite it.

New Councilman Mark Friedman said he did not bring forth the proposal to eliminate the Pledge of Allegiance out of any anti-patriotic sentiment; instead, he said the world has changed since it was last updated in 1954.

“Environmentally, economically, technologically and spiritually, we are one planet and our children’s future depends on learning to cooperate on a global scale,” Friedman said.

Councilmember Janet Abelson said she enjoys saying the pledge.

“I like the way it makes me feel good because it’s been done for a long time and we’re still doing it so we’re bringing that sense of history into it,” she said.

No members of the public spoke out against the proposal to drop the pledge.

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