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Mayor candidate refuses to recite pledge to American flag if elected; Application 'could be perjury'

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PALMER - Mayoral Candidate Joseph “Joey” Glen Dauben is sparking controversy once again after making public comments refusing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag.

“As mayor, I would hold fast to my religious beliefs against pledging allegiance to a government,” stated Dauben in an email interview.

“The Pledge of Allegiance is a religious issue, as I do not believe in pledging allegiance to a government. 

“The Pledge was written by a Marxist, who tried to get his socialist teachings in public schools, but was fought tooth and nail doing it. He finally wrote the Pledge to the flag, which resembles the National Socialist (Nazi) salute in origin and in recitation.”

Dauben’s opponent, Kenneth Bateman, disagrees.

“I do strongly believe in prayer before the meeting and always saying the Pledge of Allegiance,” said Bateman, currently on council for the city of Palmer.

Dauben, 30, made a comment on his blog to claims from users he might be unpatriotic.

“If that [not placing hand on heart and reciting the Pledge] makes me unpatriotic not to pledge to the government, screw all of you,” stated Dauben Monday, Jan. 24, on his self-published blog, The Ellis County Observer.

Dauben, once a registered Republican with the state of New Hampshire, claimed he has lived continually in the State of Texas all his life according to his application for place on ballot filed with Palmer City Secretary Alicia Baran. 

Paul Miles, legal attorney for the Texas Secretary of State’s Office Election Division, said Dauben’s claims might “be a question of perjury.”

Miles suggested if moved forward, this would be a case for Ellis County and District Attorney Patrick Wilson.

Dauben, while admitting to living continuously in Texas, doesn’t deny ever living elsewhere.

“I no longer am registered as a Republican in New Hampshire, and I haven’t been since 2009,” stated Dauben.

“And yes, as you know, I was a resident of New Hampshire for eight months.”

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