“The intention was to promote the fact that those who speak a language other than English still pledge to salute this great country,” the school district said in a statement, but it seems more like the imprudent and naïve conciliation being advanced by so many liberals on the behalf of Muslims.
Yes, we know not all Arabic speakers are Muslims, but this practice still brings Americans one step closer to dhimmitude with each foolish gesture. We’ve seen it occur in Europe, and only a fool ignores the writing on the wall in America. Islamists are taking advantage of every weakness, and they are being aided by the current administration. Overtures such as these must be nipped in the bud. [-Ed]
A school in upstate New York has apologized for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic after complaints from district residents who lost family members in the Afghanistan war.
The pledge was read in Arabic during Wednesday morning announcements at Pine Bush High School, 65 miles northwest of New York City.
Some students were angered and responded with catcalls. District Superintendent Joan Carbone told the Times Herald-Record of Middletown that she received complaints from residents who lost relatives in Afghanistan and from Jewish parents.
The Arabic reading of the pledge has “divided the school in half,” she told the newspaper.
The district said the school’s foreign language department arranged to have the pledge recited in different languages for National Foreign Language Week, which was last week.
Andrew Zink, the senior class president, usually gives the morning announcements and recites the pledge. He said he allowed an Arabic-speaking student to handle the pledge duties Wednesday.
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