ONE NATION UNDER ALLAH? Seriously? The idiotic idea was organized by leftist school officials as a way to honor National Foreign Language Week and and piss off all the non-Muslim students, not to mention friends and relatives of soldiers who were killed in wars in Muslim countries.
Washington Post As soon as the Arabic words began echoing in the classrooms at Pine Bush High School in Pine Bush, N.Y., on Wednesday, students responded. They were furious. They catcalled, the Times Record-Herald reported. All day, people talked about it until the principal explained the context and apologized if people were offended.
School superintendent Joan Carbone said it was “something that was supposed to be good but turned out not to be.” She fielded complaints from Jewish parents and residents who had family members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, she told the paper.
On Thursday morning, a number of cars in the school parking lot had American flags flying from their roofs, the Herald-Record reported. Scrawled on several cars: “We live in America. Speak English.”
Despite the apologies, the angry comments have continued, both online and in person, senior class president Andrew Zink told The Washington Post. Some students called the student who read the pledge in Arabic “a terrorist” and said that student “should go to the Middle East,” Zink said. “People started saying that English is America’s only language, and soon it just started getting really out of hand.”
Zink, who normally reads the announcements, was asked to allow the Arabic reading shortly before he began his routine on Wednesday morning. “I was expecting it, and that’s exactly why I said yes,” he said of the backlash. “I knew that no one in this town would like that, and because of that, I wanted to show the cultural divide in our school.”
Wednesday’s reading at Pine Bush High was supposed to be followed this week by pledges in Japanese, Italian, French and Spanish, Zink said. But the school district said in its statement that the pledge “will only be recited in English as recommended by the Commissioner of Education.”
This wasn’t the first school in America that pulled this stunt: colorado-students-forced-to-recite-pledge-of-allegiance-in-arabic-one-nation-under-allah