Pine Bush High School’s Foreign Language Department Arranged A Recital Of The Pledge In A Different Language Each Day
America claims to be the land of the free, but freedom seems to be reserved for English speaking citizens. It appears citizens that speak another language can’t use that language to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in high school, especially if that high school is in New York. There is no law that prohibits reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in another language, but that didn’t stop parents from complaining when a student recited the Pledge in Arabic.
This ridiculous display of narcissism is a good example of our distorted values. Folks at Anastasia Date wonder: Why are we fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of the world if it is not for the freedom of expression? Why are we allowing thousands of refugees into the country if we don’t want them to keep their culture alive? If we want everyone to speak English, and forget who they are when they start a new life in the states, we are not a free country.
The school in New York is doing its job. The teachers in that school are teaching. They are teaching the values of being an American, not a Jew, Arab, Catholic or Gentile. All of those associations fall under the heading of being an American. We should honor our differences and celebrate our unity.