Jan 30 2013
A Colorado high school principal is defending his decision to allow students from a multicultural club to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic — and denied that it was attempt to push an Islamic agenda. Tom Lopez, the principal at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, says he has received a number of telephone calls and emails from outraged parents – but he stands by his decision.
FOX NEWS (h/t RevereRidesAgain) “These students love this country,” he said. “They were not being un-American in trying to do this. They believed they were accentuating the meaning of the words as spoken regularly in English.”
The school recites the Pledge of Allegiance once a week and on Monday a member of the Cultural Arms Club led the student body in the Arabic version of the pledge. The club seeks to “destroy the barriers, embrace the cultures” that exist within the high school.
Club members said they don’t understand why there’s a controversy. “No matter what language it’s said in, pledging your allegiance to the United States is the same in every language,” student Skyler Bowden told The Coloradoan.
But an Arabic translation of the Pledge of Allegiance would have replaced “one nation under God” with “one nation under Allah.”
“Obviously in Arabic, you would use the word Allah, but Christian Arabs would use the word Allah,” said Ibrahim “Uncle Dougie” Hooper, of terror-linked CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations. “It’s not necessarily specific to Islam and Muslims.”
Clark said she did not hear the pledge and does not speak Arabic so she could not confirm exactly what words were used.
Some local residents said the pledge should be recited in English. Others wondered if there was another reason involved. “This is no longer about language,” wrote one reader in a letter to the local newspaper. “This is about targeting a group you know will object, intentionally stirring them up under the guise of your opinions on multiculturalism and subjecting your school and community to a divisive issue for absolutely no gain.”
Lopez said he’s been getting bombarded by all sorts of accusations – one critic even labeled him a traitor. “They claim they are outraged that this is blaspheming a real major tenet of our patriotism – which in their mind the Pledge of Allegiance is only in English,” he said.
He’s also been accused of “pushing a Muslim Brotherhood agenda – to push Islam into the school.” That’s a claim that Lopez denied. Hooper told Fox News he was dumbfounded by complaints about the Arabic version of the pledge. (Obviously people in Colorado are reading BNI! LOL)
“How on earth is it un-American to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in another language,” Hooper asked. “It doesn’t make sense unless the people complaining are anti-Muslim or anti-middle eastern bigots.” (Nope, not all Middle Easterners, just Muslims) Hooper suggested the students could use the incident as a learning “opportunity that there is real intolerance and bigotry out there.” (STFU Dougie, you Hamas proxy)
Principal Lopez said he was getting “worn down” by the complaints and the sense of “hate” among some of the critics. “I’ve been shocked with prejudicial statements that have been made,” he said. ” I’ve been shocked with the lack of seeking understanding. There’s definitely suspicion and fear expressed in these people’s minds. There’s some hate.” (Wanna really be shocked moron? Read a quran, and see where the real hate is coming from)
“As a veteran and a friend of a man killed defending these children in their little games they like to play with our pledge, I’m offended,” wrote Chris Wells. “There are things that we don’t mess with – among them are the pledge and our anthem.”“If they wish to adapt the country as their own, then they need to learn the language and start speaking it as their first language,” wrote another reader.
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