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Parents object to students reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic

Posted by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 1:04 PM
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 Parents object to students reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic

Multicultural group of students in Fort Collins, Colo., also have recited pledge in French, Spanish

CONFIRMED: A member of Cultural Arms Club led student body in Arabic version of pledge Monday

Rocky Mountain High senior Nuha Kapatayes, who learned Arabic as a child and now speaks it fluently, recited the Pledge of Allegiance over the public-address system Monday morning before classes, the Fort Collins Coloradoan reported.

Tom Lopez, principal at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins defended his decision to allow the recital and denied that it was an attempt to push an Islamic agenda, according to Fox News, The Inquisitr and other news outlets. The French Club recited the pledge in October, and the Cultural Arms Club delivered it in November.

The true backlash didn't begin until after the pledge was recited in Spanish.

"We had maybe two complaints worldwide after the French recital," Lopez told MSN News. "We had numerous complaints worldwide after the club read it in Spanish."

Lopez told Fox News he is growing weary of all the outrage. One critic labeled Lopez as a traitor. Others said the pledge should only be delivered in English, that the principal's decision to read it in other languages "is blaspheming a real major tenet of our patriotism," Lopez said.

"How on Earth is it un-American to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in another language?" Ibrahim Hooper, of the Council on American Islamic Relations, told Fox News. "It doesn’t make sense unless the people complaining are anti-Muslim or anti-Middle Eastern bigots."

(Read other accounts of the story here.)

Despite protests against recital of the pledge in Spanish in November, and the renewed outrage, the Cultural Arms Club has plans to translate it into American Sign Language, Korean and possibly Chinese, the Coloradoan reported.

(Click here for a heated forum in the Denver Post.)

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..MoonShine..
by Redwood Witch on Jan. 31, 2013 at 1:10 PM
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I hope they recite it in as many different languages as they can. The complaints are ridiculous.
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MamiJaAyla
by Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 1:11 PM

 


Quoting ..MoonShine..:

I hope they recite it in as many different languages as they can. The complaints are ridiculous.


 

lizmarie1975
by Gold Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Tolerance at its finest.

lga1965
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 1:15 PM
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 well, are they Xenophobic or what? Isolationists? Arrogant snobs? Probably. They didn't like the Pledge being spoken in French or Spanish either. Wahhh wahh wahh.

pansyprincess
by Silver Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 1:16 PM
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This is ridiculous. 

kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 1:35 PM
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I think it's great that they're reciting it in various languages.  We are a country of many peoples.  There is no reason to not drive this point home as often as possible.

mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 1:41 PM
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Those who speak Arabic aren't all Muslim. Not that it even matters. These people are idiots. It's a language for fucks sake. 

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 1:43 PM
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The pledge should be recited in every language that is present in the school.

ethans_momma06
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 1:52 PM
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Truly, what idiots.

I think it's fantastic that they are doing it in multiple languages. Bravo.

Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Jan. 31, 2013 at 1:54 PM
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I think that's fantastic. Recite it in as many languages as they want... :-)
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