Students at Pine Bush High School in Pine Bush, New York, knew right away there was something not quite right about the Pledge of Allegiance. That’s because the pledge was being recited in Arabic.
“One nation under Allah,” the student body president announced over the intercom system on Wednesday.
Knowingly and with aforethought as you’ll see.
Reaction in the upstate New York high school was swift, and so was the backlash, The Times Herald-Record reports. Furious students tried to shout down the recitation in their classrooms. Other students sat down in protest.
School Superintendent Joan Carbone told the newspaper that the Arabic pledge “divided the school in half” – noting that many complaints came from Jewish parents and those who had lost family members fighting the war on terror.
The Two halves: The Righteous Left and those other people who are offended by our righteousness, the heathens!
The outrage among students was so significant that the school issued an apology.
“We sincerely apologize for having the Pledge of Allegiance recited this morning in the high school in a language other than English,” the apology read. “In our school district the Pledge of Allegiance will only be recited in English as recommended by the Commissioner of Education.”
That “apology” (for your offense at our “inclusiveness”) is so lame it was probably written and delivered by a computer.
But as you will read later in the article the Student Body President, our little cherub of joy, knew precisely what he was doing so the school administration knew EXACTLY what they were doing but because they are holiewr-than-thou liberals there intention were good and they were doing “the right thing” so they don’t understand why you’d be offended by that.
Well, that’s somewhat reassuring.
The exercise in tolerance clearly had the opposite effect, inciting outrage from Jewish parents, veterans and some students. Though school superintendent Joan Carbone ultimately admitted that the Arabic pledge had “divided the school in half” and was “something that was supposed to be good but turned out not to be,” she maintained that it had been an attempt to “celebrate the many races, cultures and religions that make up this great country and our school district.” (HuffPo)
It was an innocent, and heartfelt attempt at “diversity” and it made them “feel good” and they had the best of intentions so why are you all such right wing haters?
However, state regulations do not mandate that the pledge be recited in a specific language. It recommends only specific wording.
Otherwise, they’d be “racist”. 🙂
108.5 Pledge to the flag.
(a) It is recommended that schools use the following pledge to the flag:
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
(b) In giving the pledge to the flag, the procedure is to render the pledge by standing with the right hand over the heart.
The school said the pledge was recited in Arabic as a way to honor National Foreign Language Week “and in an effort to celebrate the many races, cultures and religions that make up this great country.” It said the pledge had been recited in other languages throughout the week.
Fascinating, out of the 1000’s of languages to pick from they just happen to pick the most left wing politically correct one. After all, we are ONLY offended because it was Arabic, if it had been Mauri we wouldn’t be outraged. So, I’m sure this wasn’t done to incite people and to further their liberal ideology of “tolerance”. Nope, Not at all deliberately inflammatory. 🙂
That explanation didn’t set well with student Alex Krug.
“I think it should be said in English,” he told television station TWCNews.com. “It is foreign language week but we don’t even offer Arabic in Pine Bush High School.”
Andrew Zink, the student body president, defended what he did and said he would do it all over again – telling TWC News he “knew exactly what would happen” because “it’s the right thing to do.”
Zink wrote on his Twitter account: “To everyone who disagrees with my decisions, I respect your right to do so and hope we can have a productive conversation,”
A Liberal’s idea of a “productive conversation” is for you to listen to them, and then agree with them 100% because that is very productive for you. 🙂
Oh, there’s been no shortage of conversation around the small town.
He also said: “What makes you American is not the language you speak, but the ideas you believe in,” he said.
Of course, all of his ideas are mindlessly Liberal and “the right thing to do”. Heil!
Pine Bush administrators also quashed his plan to hold a student rally to discuss the fervor, explaining that the school had been threatened with violence.
He’s quite the liberal activist isn’t he. I’m sure his “discussion” would have been conducted in a very mature and respectful way. <<snicker>> NOT!
According to the Leftist over at Thinkprogress: Pine Bush has been the subject of controversy before, and is currently embroiled in a lawsuit filed by several local Jewish families who claim their children were victims of anti-Semitic harassment while in class. It’s also not the first time a high school has stoked ire for reciting the pledge in Arabic; in 2013, a multicultural club at Rocky Mountain High School in Colorado recited an Arabic version of the pledge before the student body, resulting in a slew of angry calls from parents.
Well, Liberals are growing ever more anti-Semitic in the name of “tolerance”. Heil!
“Thanks to the illegal invasion and the concept of ‘celebrate diversity,’ English is becoming a foreign language in America,” one critic wrote on the local newspaper’s website.
A writer who claimed to be an American of Arab Christian ancestry said he, too, was offended by what happened.
“The Pledge of Allegiance isn’t a ‘salute’ to America,” he wrote. “It’s a promise to be loyal to it. Part of that loyalty should be to learn English and integrating into our culture.”
Based on the comments made by the student body president, it appears the Arabic recitation was less about celebrating a foreign language and more about stirring up trouble.
In my most recent book, “God Less America,” I illustrate how the nation’s public schools have been turned into indoctrination centers. Teachers are preaching a liberal ideology. Our schoolhouses have become places where Christianity is marginalized and Islam is given accommodation. (Todd Starnes)
Sadyia Khalique, a spokeswoman for the New York chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, said: “All Americans who value our nation’s history of religious and ethnic diversity should be concerned” by the reaction and subsequent apology. (BBC)
The pro-Sharia, Pro-Arab terrorists are “concerned” about our Islamophobia, I’m touched.
Maybe we should just pull an Obama and say that Arabs are not Arabic so you can’t object to being read in Arabic. 🙂