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Outrage as Public School Recites Pledge of Allegiance in ARABIC

As if our public schools don’t have enough on their plate, now Principal Tom Lopez at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, has decided that they need to force our students to pledge in Arabic. Why? WHO KNOWS. Some weird attempt at empathizing or sympathizing with the Islamic world?

Here’s the school’s excuse.

The school recites the Pledge of Allegiance weekly, on Mondays. Last Monday, a member of their “Cultural Arms Club” led the student body in an Arabic version of the pledge, replacing the words “under God” with “under Allah.”

Principal Tom Lopez denies any attempt to push an Islamic agenda, saying, “These students love this country. 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.”

Principal Lopez doesn’t make any sense. Speaking unintelligible words in Arabic in some way accentuates their meaning? That is an extremely weak argument in defense of an ill-advised decision.

arabHe said the cultural clubs seeks to “destroy the barriers, embrace the cultures” that exist within the high school.

That would translate into “destroy the barriers to Islam and embrace it,” correct, Mr. Lopez?

The Poudre School District communications director, Danielle Clark, said they understand why parents are upset. She told Fox News, “We understand not everybody would agree with the students’ choice. We’ve heard there are some who are upset.”

Let’s put his into perspective for the feeble-minded Clark and Lopez. It is not the student’s choice. They do not control the public address system. It was a school choice.

Her simplistic defense included a reference to “one” supportive email and a reference to a similar mistake last year which drew controversy when the pledge was recited in Spanish. Somehow not learning from and expanding upon your previous mistakes is perceived as a viable defense for these educators.

An abdication of responsibility is also part of their defense. Clark attempted to pass the buck of responsibility to the students, saying, “This is a student-initiated and student-led club. There is no school sponsor or advisor. It doesn’t come under the umbrella of the district.”

Actually, the activity of reciting the pledge does come under the district. Choosing to put it into the hands of a group not regulated by their administrators does not provide absolution.

arab2This entire story has a deeper root issue running through the entire thread. What is really at the root of this little controversy is another episode of liberal “white guilt.” Liberals are constantly seeing racism, persecution, hatred and evil where it does not actually exist. The media, driven by liberal emotionalism, is constantly searching for evidence of American hatred of Islam. It’s just not there.

The media hand-wrings over violence against Muslims after every terrorist attack against us – when in reality, any backlash is usually an isolated incident that has other issues at play. There have never been waves of violence or angst against Muslims in America. Even after 9-11, Americans were able to keep their cool and there was no rash of violence against American Muslims.

While liberals are constantly worried about our response to Islam’s assault on our nation and our values, they miss the truly important thing – we are constantly under attack by Islam. They are worried about offending the world’s Muslim population when they should be worried about helping us defend western values and ideals.

Here’s a helpful little hint for the spineless liberals who are constantly worried about what everyone else thinks of us: Wake Up! While you are whining about feelings our enemies are killing children, persecuting Christians, and dreaming of ways to make us suffer.


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  • Shermer

    Yes, imagine your homeland being taken over by another group of people, and being forced to accept their strange language, religion and culture. Imagine if they were prepared to kill you and your family if you didn’t conform. That would be horrific. Perhaps you could discuss that with any Native Americans you can find.

  • Shermer

    The story is over a year old, and the principal retired last year. Still, small details like that don’t seem to bother Onan…

  • Shermer

    Can we hear from some of you who contacted the school? What was their response?

  • Ted Crawford

    Thank you Chief Progressive. If you find fault with my statement, please explain where I’m in error, I’m sure you can find some disingenuous way to relate it to the treatment of the Native Americans!

  • jdbixii

    Ironically, Ft. Collins and Boulder are where the “National Bureau of Standards” is located. Let us hope that this does not become a national standard!

  • politicstick

    Ski Utah…”Best Snow On Earth” BYOB….LOL!

    • survivor33

      What has “Best Snow on Earth” have to do with anything about the school saying the Pledge of Alligence being “disrespected in school ordered by this idiiot of a “Head of a school”.

  • Guest

    I want to know how many, who support this type of behavior, have lined their daughters up for their clitorectomies?????

  • Korean War Vet

    It’s evident that you didn’t READ that last post of mine.

    • Shermer

      You’re right, I can see that I could have taken it in a different context. Please accept my apologies.

  • Oldshooter

    Timmy: I’m not sure where you learned about Islam, but no one in that religion thinks Allah is Mohammed’s dad; his father was an Arabian merchant. Muslims believe that Allah is exactly the same God as the Jews and Christians (at least the Old Testament one), believe in. That’s why all 3 religions are referred to as “people of the Book.” Was Mohammed a pedophile, probably, but the Muslims still consider him to be the latest and most important prophet of the Old Testament God, nothing more. There are lots of things wrong with Islam as a social system, but its religious beliefs are no stranger than those of most other religions, including Christianity, Judaism, and even Wicca. You are letting your dislike of Islam run away with you here.

  • Oldshooter

    In Afghanistan, a Muslim interpreter takes his life (and the lives of his family) in his hands when he agrees to work for the US troops. If he speaks Arabic, and wishes to pledge his allegiance to our country in his native language, why would anyone object? He is making a greater commitment to our country than 90 percent of the Americans who “say the Pledge” in English. By extension, it is obviously not really important what language one uses to pledge his allegiance to our country. What really matters is the intent and sincerity of the person’s pledge and the degree of their commitment to our country.

  • Oldshooter

    He can’t be fired, he retired more than a year ago. This article is OLD “news.”

  • Mary

    This happened a year ago. I goggled the High School and pulled up the story which is a bit different than reported. It seems that were a gout of students and they belong to the Cultural Arms Club. They pledge has been repeated in French and Spanish. So, on one occasion they were said the pledge in Arabic? and used the word allah, which means in their language, God. Allah is the word for God. If they are using God in their language, the word is Allah. The students, as a courtesey told the Principal about it. The principal was blamed for the situation. As far as I have read, it was a one time recitation.
    Check it out. You’re an educated man and you do know how most story are twisted for one reason or the other. Cancel a trip for something that happened a different way and over a year ago?

  • Webb

    Never Mind!

  • NotJim

    According to Islamic plagiarism.

  • Neilia Krumm

    i’m so shocked…you mean to tell me that Colorado is the only state that has dope smokers??? Yeah…right.

    I’m also shocked at how many people replied about using some form of violence against the principal. I wouldn’t want my children to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic anymore than most red blooded Americans, but I certainly wouldn’t threaten to drag that principal outside the school, or hang him which is exactly what several people stated. That’s really what you want to teach your kids, right? Teach them how to handle issues by resorting to violence? That accomplished so much, doesn’t it?

    What doesn’t shock me is how so many people are so quick to make judgmental statements lumping a whole group of people together. Seriously?

    • wolfmaanjack

      Ya kinda like how so many people are so quick to make judgmental statements lumping a whole group of gun owners together…unlike another group who have been murdering people for years and years if not centuries in the name of allah…(end sarcasm)

    • giant33

      People like you are the problem in this once great county. Why don’t you go live in the middle east.

  • survivor33

    Not in the water….it’s in the cigarette (pot and spice) legal for recreational fun now days. But the “allah” part annoys me, so why don’t they take it out, like they did for the liberals and atheists when the word “God” was in the Pledge of Alligence and other things.

  • ogieyoungnhip25

    I’m sure those were some of the happiest years of your life for you and your son. Our children are our greatest blessings-and to be able to love them,protect them and teach them-not only school but how to love family and friends, how to love God, learn ,be charitable,responsible and lead productive lives is the largest and most important job in the world. I hope your family brings you only love and happiness and that you all enjoy good health and the important kind of prosperity and success always.
    Prayers for you and all of our magnificent military every day

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