Controversy Erupts at New York High School After Pledge of Allegiance is Read in Arabic March 19, 2015

Controversy Erupts at New York High School After Pledge of Allegiance is Read in Arabic

In news that should never be news, Pine Bush High School (in New York) is in the middle of a controversy because the Pledge of Allegiance was recited in Arabic yesterday. It was part of Foreign Language Week, but that didn’t matter to the students and parents who think it’s blasphemous to recite the Pledge in anything other than English:

According to students, the announcement was greeted by catcalls and angry denunciations in classrooms throughout the school by students who felt the reading was inappropriate.

The reading became the subject of angry talk throughout the school and a cascade of tweets both from students who criticized the reading and those who supported it.

Early Wednesday afternoon, high school Principal Aaron Hopmayer made a building-wide announcement explaining the reading’s context and apologizing to students who took offense.

That apology just made things worse, upsetting those who felt there was nothing to apologize for. I’m with them; if anything, saying the Pledge in a different language makes you think a little harder about what’s actually being said instead of just going through the motions.

(You also realize how unnecessary “Under God” is no matter the language.)

From now on, though, the Pledge will be recited only in English. And Andrew Zink, the senior class president who normally reads the announcements (but allowed another student to read the Pledge in Arabic) has been “fired” from his announcing duties.

It’s not the first time something like this has happened. In 2013, a school in Colorado did the same thing… and the response was equally over-the-top from those who love Murica.

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