Lib PA Lawmaker Refuses to Lead Committee in “Pledge of Allegiance” (Video)

What a loon.
Democratic lawmaker Babette Josephs (D-Philadelphia) was asked to lead a committee meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance…
She refused.
abc27 WHTM

ABC27 reported, via Free Republic:

Politicians are often criticized for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time that’s taken the wrong way. But state Representative Babette Josephs (D-Philadelphia) is being criticized for what she refused to say.

The drama unfolded at what was billed as a non-controversial House State Government Committee meeting Wednesday morning. Republican Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) asked Josephs to lead the group in the Pledge of Allegiance; a rather routine request that became anything but when Josephs refused.

“Based on my First Amendment rights and based on the fact that I really think it’s a prayer. I don’t pray in public,” she said as lawmakers were standing to recite the Pledge.

After an awkward moment, Metcalfe quickly called on another member to lead the group.

Afterward, Josephs was unapologetic. She said she was about 14 years old when Congress inserted the words ‘under God’ into the Pledge. She insists that makes it a prayer.

“How many years ago was 1954? I have not said the Pledge of Allegiance since and I will not say it into the future unless they take those words out and make it less of a prayer,” Josephs said.

Metcalfe concedes it is Josephs’ right to not say the Pledge. He just thinks it’s wrong.

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  • FurryGuy

    Keep thinking like that, Ms. Josephs, and soon you may be forced to pray towards Mecca while wearing a bag.

  • Patty

    Let’s show this so called Lawmaker what nation she lives in. Babette needs to be show the door. This isn’t some Middle East Muslim run nation, not yet, and if she and Obama have their way it will be.


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  • Patty

    These youth should be the lawmakers, they can teach this Babette a thing or two.

  • CT

    A Godless Commie on her way out, good riddance.

  • Patty


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  • Highlander

    What an idiot! The mere presence of the word “God” in one sentence does NOT make the pledge of allegiance into a prayer. I hope these morons keep shooting their mouths off and continue alienating as many decent, God-fearing Americans as possible. They are their own worst enemies!

  • valerie

    #2 October 4, 2012 at 10:26 pm
    Patty commented:

    She lost her primary. She is leaving.

  • ShawnP

    Give the lady a break. She was suffering from altitude dementia. It is a common disease in Democratic circles these days.

  • Patty

    Could the Obama campaign be out of money? Sound laughable but they are pulling ads for several states. Sorry I am talking about scandals here but the above mentioned Babette is another scandal, so it goes.

  • BurmaShave

    I urge folks here to read “The Ruling Class,” by Angelo Codevilla. He fully explains why both Babette Josephs (D-Philadelphia) AND Republican Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) behaved the way they did. They both despise the real citizens of our country and resent the fact that that we are not more like Europe. This is a great book (very short), and should be mandatory reading for any Tea Party person.

  • Patty

    #8 October 4, 2012 at 10:35 pm
    valerie commented:

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. And time to take out the trash. Local elections is a place to start and we are glad to see her gone, now, for the many more like her.

  • Patty
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  • BurmaShave

    The Pledge of Allegiance is a prayer?!?

    And Liberal think the hoi polloi are stupid and illiterate…

    Babette Josephs (D) and Republican Chairman Daryl Metcalfe are the stupid ones if they do not know the difference between the the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer.

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  • JPL17

    “‘I don’t pray in public,’” she said.

    Oh, and from this, Babette wants us to believe she prays in PRIVATE?

    Somehow I doubt it.

  • bigkahuna

    You Liberal twit…Its pledging allegiance to a flag and the country for wich it stand… not a god.

    It amazes me how tese nuts are threataned by the word god and not by the ever encroching Big Government on our rights and freedoms.

    Typical liberal..Ugly inside, uglier outside

  • bigkahuna

    She prays…To Obama and the almight Government

  • So, did she or did she not pledge to uphold the Constitution when she took office? To what government does she owe allegiance? Is reaffirming that pledge beneath her, or did she LIE when she was sworn in?

  • Rose

    When she refuses the Pledge of Allegiance, she established the LIE of her official VOW in the Oath of Office she took.

    If she has no loyalty to the NATION, she is NOT FIT for a Government Public Servant’s Office.


  • Rose

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    Some lifetime EXILES without reprieve are well in order. And some trials for flat out TREASON, well deserved.

  • So she stopped saying the Pledge when she was 14? Then is that when she became an atheist to? Obviously her parents are also atheists and probably Communists to. Are you a Communist, Babbette? Or maybe if the Pledge said “…under Muhammed…” you would feel better, huh Babette? Would you feel better if it said “…under Muhammed…” ? You ***king bitch. And no, you do not have the right to NOT say the Pledge! You’ll say the Pledge and you’ll like it damn well enough, and you’ll be damn glad and thankful to God that we’re letting you say a single word, Babette!!!

    That’s why I hate all liberals, and it’s because every single one of them have got something going on that is unAmerican, and that is America hating. I don’t give a damn how many wars or branches of the service they have been in, anyone who is a liberal should know better and if they don’t then they have lost their soul. Every liberal in this country needs to have their citizenship revoked and deport them to Russia. That way they will be happy for the rest of their lives as everything will be under Communist control and they will be living in the kind of country they want to turn this one into. GET THEM THE HELL OUT OF MY COUNTRY!!!!

  • Flintstone F.

    Democrat lawmaker.

    Democrat party.

    Democrat. <————

    Democratic lawmakers.

    Democratic institution.



    No person is a democratic.

  • Mad Hatter

    Thank God the old Marxist lost in her Primary back in April. One less God hating Marxist to worry about.

  • Barton Mann

    Just looked up this woman’s bio. Marital status says “widowed”. Got news for ya sweetie. You’re husband ain’t dead. He’s hiding!!

  • bigkahuna

    Look at the positive…she exposed herself and she is now gone…better the snakes shed their skin and be exposed to the light like cockroaches

  • bigkahuna

    May say widowed…doesnt mean it was a hubby

  • Look-Out

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  • Look-Out

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  • Candy


    For reasons “unexplainable”,
    But in wise eyes still quite blamable,
    Our current lives, to many, grow oppressive (1).

    Each day’s harsh news, and harsher demands,
    To those with sight reflect a plan (2)
    Pursued by evil powers quite obsessive (3).

    To kill Columbia (4), to kill our faith,
    To mock our freedoms, once kept safe,
    These enemies of love and life conspire.

    Their schemes, they think, cannot be known,
    But Heaven has ways and means not shown (5),
    To those who bend the knee to worship evil.

    Let us awake and arise from our insensate state,
    With Liberty’s hopes and dreams at stake,
    Our prayers to Heaven shall not go unanswered.”

    We shall bend our knees to Our Father’s great God,
    We shall recall harsh paths our Forefathers trod,
    That we, their heirs, would live lives rich in freedom! (6)

    Then, in their memory, and with their faith,
    We shall live with honor, ‘til honor’s kept safe,
    And once again the Liberty Bell is pealing. (7)

    Through every trial, every fear,
    God’s unseen angels linger near, (8)
    Their sacred mission is our preservation!

    So trusting in the Holy One,
    We pray as taught by The Holy Son, (9)
    And once more raise our eyes to Heaven believing!

    Poet’s Notes:

    1: Suicide is now the most prevalent form of (a) accidental death and (b) troop fatalities. This truth, while shocking, cannot be deemed unexpected. Those good souls who watch our nation being systematically dismantled and destroyed, from without and within, risk despair.
    2: Our current dilemma is hardly accidental: “You didn’t build that” applies to the minions and slaves to darker powers.
    3: Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)—“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
    4: Columbia – the United States of America; new Latin; from Christopher Columbus; first seen about 1775.
    5: Isaiah 40:26 (KJV)—“Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.”
    6: “God of Our Fathers” (National Hymn) composed in 1876 with lyrics by Daniel C. Roberts and melody by George W. Warrant to commemorate the American Centennial of 1876—inspired verse worth reading NOW. All four verses are simply overwhelming, each more necessary to us than the last, but the Fourth Verse, often ignored, now compels our attention: “Refresh Thy people on their toilsome way, Lead us from night to never ending day; Fill all our lives with love and grace divine, And glory, laud, and praise be ever Thine.”
    7: 1 Corinthians 13:2 (KJV)—“ Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” Safe to say that this is one scripture Obama (a) was never taught; (b) never read; (c) never heard expounded from Wright’s pulpit; (d) never took to heart; (e) ALL OF THE ABOVE.
    8: Psalm 91:11 (KJV) “For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.” [To me, this is a THRILLING promise of our Judeo-Christian heritage.]
    9: Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV) aka “The Lord’s Prayer.” Is there a single phrase from its Divine counsel and command which we dare ignore? Deliverance from evil through God’s power, not our own, is prepared for all by those who WILL PETITION FOR GOD’S HELP.

    How is it that our so-called “leaders” are the enemies of our very lives? How have they assumed command of the God inspired government whose establishment and preservation HAS ALWAYS BEEN COGNIZANT OF, DEPENDENT UPON, AND A SUBJECT OF PROFOUND GRATITUDE BY ALL THOSE GENERATIONS GONE BEFORE.

    “In God We Trust” – it’s on our MONEY (the phrase “for heaven’s sake” seems outré)

    “One Nation Under God” (Pledge of Allegiance)

    “are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” (Declaration of Independence)

    THE BIBLE safe kept in the Washington Monument Corner Stone


    [And yes, this is worth shouting about. The EXISTENCE of our nation is at stake.]

  • Stella Baskomb

    On every coin and treasury note it clearly states “In God We Trust.”

    Don’t you wonder if the darling Ms. Babette refuses to buy things in public because that, too, would be a prayer?

  • squeaky

    she can always pledge of allegiance to obama as those twits in hollywood suggested.

  • Earthmover

    She looks to be getting older and soon enough she will be laying in a hospital bed
    “praying to god”.

  • journeyman

    Just another Democrat trying to remove the mere mention of God from the public square.

  • wescannon

    I can’t believe all the long winded replies here. You are making this much too difficult. The liberal skank simply doesn’t know the words to the pledge.

  • snap boy

    In 1954, Babette was 14 years old – and at that ripe old age she determined the pledge was a prayer and threatened her 1st amendment rights?

  • Bob

    This is now the agenda of the DNC to remove God from their platform and this pathetic woman cannot pledge to the allegiance of our flag. Americans must hold any politician accountable for NOT allowing support of religions and freedom to be patriotic.
    The democratic party has been taken over by leftists, socialists, communists and marxists. While many of these dems like to align themselves as Progressives, they are still extreme in their agenda.

  • Cactus

    #24 October 4, 2012 at 11:21 pm
    Flintstone F. commented:

    Uh, “democratic” is being used as an adjective to modify “lawmaker.” It’s grammatically correct.

  • mg4us

    Let’s see now, as DemocRATs we remove GOD and Jerusalem as Israel’s capital from our DNC Platform, and now we refuse to Pledge Our ALLEGIANCE to the Flag of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. . .

    The moral and cultural decay is deep in the DEMONcrats.

    So who do they have allegiance too. . Money, Bribes, Commies?

    Something is really rotten in our political chambers. . time to shine the light on these creatures since the MSM are part of the problem, spinning to give them cover and excuse. . .

    Operation Clean Flush. . .time to flush these sycophants down the drain!

  • RKflorida

    She didn’t know it, so she starts this pseudo-protest crap. Just a liar.

  • wtd

    Red Skelton: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands. . .”

    That Republic, my dear Ms. Josephs is guided by the Constitution under which you claim your right not to pledge.

    Pick up a paper and note the crime rate since 1955 when this ‘politician’ decided it was no longer in her or her constituents interests to recite or support the pledge of allegiance. Those notes will make a nice epitaph to mark her legacy.

  • Daryl Metcalfe is one of the good guys in our legislature in PA. The loon Joseph, is just that a person who should have never been elected. Philly, do I need to say more? Her replacement will be just as vile as she. Don’t bash Metcalfe for not embarassing this dolt. He has Class.

  • YAT

    It’s always a Jew.

  • Ryan

    Has she used American cash? HYPOCRITE!

  • MT Geoff

    Warning: Contrarian viewpoint coming up.
    The original pledge was written by a minister and does not have the phrase “under God”.
    An American of full patriotic verve might resist the phrase “under God” for a few reasons that come to my mind:
    1. The American may be agnostic or atheist and the words would be hypocritical. Certainly an agnostic can be a patriot, or even an atheist: I was an agnostic patriot and so was Robert Heinlein.
    2. The American may be strongly religious and resent the mingling of a government element into religion. The Amish come to mind but there are others who feel the same way. “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and render unto God that which is God’s.” If I am asked to swear an oath in a court, I’m going to ask to affirm because I don’t recognize the government’s right to invoke God.
    3. The American may be religious but realize that others are not, putting those people in Category 1.
    Although America is a nation of mostly Christians, and once was more so, it is not and never has been a Christian nation. We’ve had at least two Unitarian presidents, the Adamses, and a number of the Founders seem to have been seekers rather than conventional Christians. A number of presidents have been well out of Christian mainstream or seem to have had only a superficial religious element.

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  • RKflorida

    Wasn’t there a real American at that table who could have just stood up and started reciting the pledge? Don’t accept any interruptions and continue to the end. The rest of them can do as they wish.

  • Flintstone F.


    The word “democratic” is used incorrectly to distinguish the Republican party from the Democrat party. GP was being consistent with the new “politically correct” language. Not his fault that everybody goes along with the incorrect use of the word.

    I’m forced to stop reading and think for a moment if the term is being used as a an adjective or an noun. It’s a pronoun at best. It’s certainly not the word that names one of the two national political parties.

    And I disagree, the headline has been changed but was using the term to distinguish her political affiliation.

    pertaining to or of the nature of democracy or a democracy.
    pertaining to or characterized by the principle of political or social equality for all: democratic treatment.
    advocating or upholding democracy.
    ( initial capital letter ) Politics .
    of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the Democratic party.
    of, pertaining to, or belonging to the Democratic-Republican party.

    Don’t adopt the co-opt lexicon of the lefties.

  • kato

    No, no Babette.

    She apparently doesn’t care about the majority of voters who have no problem with the Pledge. But, then, this is the sort of windbaggery one gets routinely from people with the mental disorder.

  • Miller Time

    #1 FurryGuy

    Beautiful! Lets buy her some parting gifts…a Koran and burka to go with her mindset.

  • Winston Wolfe

    Another fifth-column POS.

    Make a note of people like this, and remember.

  • Winston Wolfe

    Democrat lawmaker. Democrat party. – F. Flinstone


    It’s Democratic lawmaker. Democratic party.

    Democrat is a noun. Democratic is an adjective.

  • Winston Wolfe


    It has nothing to do with ‘lexicon of the lefties.’

    You’re simply incorrect.

    It’s the Democratic Party. It’s the Republican Party.

  • A_Nonny_Mouse


    US currency has “In God We Trust” inscribed on it, yet somehow I would bet that Dear Babette manages to find a way to accept it that doesn’t offend her “religious sensitivities”.

    Just sayin’ .

  • doc

    Doesn’t look like she brushes her teeth either….recent study suggests poor dental hygiene in seniors leads to dementia…she seems to be proof of this.

  • luminOsity

    “I pledge defiance to Barack Obama
    And his perverted plans for America.
    But allegiance to the Republic which he cannot stand,
    One nation under God, with LIBERTY and FREEDOM for all.”

  • Cactus

    @Winston – thanks 🙂 I teach college composition and business writing (yes, I’m a conservative professor), so I have to speak out when I see incorrect corrections of grammar!

    But Flintstone, I do see the point you’re trying to make. I respectfully disagree, but I understand.

    I’m forced to stop reading and think for a moment if the term is being used as a an adjective or an noun. It’s a pronoun at best. It’s certainly not the word that names one of the two national political parties.

    In no way is it a pronoun. Pronouns replace nouns – he, she, it, they, who, etc. See

    Adjectives modify (describe) nouns. “Democratic” is describing what kind of lawmaker she is (a member of the party of Democrats); therefore, it is an adjective. “Democrat” is the noun form.

    That said, I’m sure no one cares about this but the three of us, so I’ll quit the grammar lesson now 😉

  • Flintstone F.

    Winston Wolfe you are wrong.

    The root word for democrat is democratic (democracy). The root word for republican is republic.

    Democrat is of the democratic process (as are republicans of course). Republicans are of the republic, a representative government (as are democrats of course).

    Of republic = Republican party.
    Of democratic = Democrat party.

    It has only been in the last ten year or less that the term “democratic” has been incorrectly used as the name of the party.


    Cactus thanks for clearing up the pronoun issue. I obviously don’t have a degree in English, however a friend of mine with a masters in English and a conservative talk show host who has filled in for Rush, agree with me about the words use.

  • Steamer5

    Time to add one more to the unemployed list.

  • Limousine Barry

    Let me be clear, I support fat old moonbat Babette Josephs (D-Philadelphia)! She is my type of America Hater!

    If I had my way I would lead Bill Ayers in tearing down the flag and stomping on during each Pledge of Allegiance ceremony!

    Sure, I have a small crappy flag pin I wear for the Rubes. But, as soon as I am off camera I take if off and stamp on it. I hate the American Flag!

    If you like the way I discredit the American Flag along with Bill Ayers then vote for me!

    And, this is extra important! Send me $3.00 before midnight. My Big Black Campaign is bus belching fumes and running out of expensive diesel fuel.

    I know that I killed all of the jobs in the energy exploration section and I sent gas prices sky high – but I don’t care. I have my donor’s pay the bill. Send me more money now. My donors suck. Good day.

  • josetoyou

    She should be booted out of office on her fat ass!

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