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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”.

      • politicstick

        The reference was Glenn was canceling his ski trip to Colorado. So I inserted a shameful plug……..Oh, and you, obviously from Rio Linda, must also need the disipher of BYOB (Bring Your Own Beer). It was a play on the weird liquor laws, found in the Great State of Utah. LOL Have a great day!

        • survivor33

          What makes you think I am from Utah. I just didn’t know what the “Greatest Snow on Earth” had to do with anything. And I did have a great day thank you.

    • Glenn

      Thanks, I totally agree with you!

  • 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.

      • Korean War Vet

        Accepted. 😎

  • 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?

    • Glenn

      Mary, thank you for your reply. I still stand by my initial assessment. Islam has no place in our schools. Muslims have no interest in assimilating into our culture. They use our laws and Constitution to infiltrate their ideology into our society. Islam is not compatible with our Judeo/Christian values and beliefs. Saying our American pledge in Arabic in a public school, would be like Jewish prisoners in a Nazi death camp singIng the German national anthem. Smart people don’t collude or accept the ways of their sworn enemies. Muslims have hated Christians and Jews since the middle of the seventh century. Nothing has changed!

  • 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)

      • Neilia Krumm

        Not to sure just what you’re saying here…..yes, people are so quick to make judgmental statements lumping a whole group of gun owners together…and this is connected to your next sentence how?

        • BUD


          • Neilia Krumm

            No Bud…then again, I don’t usually interact with people who have such limited vocabulary and thought process as you display here. You are a prime example of a big problem in American…people who have little or no communication skills and have to resort to insults and/or threats of violence in place of an intelligent reply expressing why they don’t agree. Perhaps that also explains your difficulty comprehending….
            Now…save your breathe and don’t bother replying. I won’t engage in a conversation with someone so clearly at a disadvantage

    • giant33

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

      • Neilia Krumm

        No…I’m not the problem, and trust me, I remember when this country was great. You, on the other hand proved my point. You quickly judged me and because I don’t think like you you have now deemed me to be the problem and suggest I go live in the middle east,
        Unlike most people, I read back to the beginning of the posts where it plainly says this happened a year and a half ago, and the principal has since retired. Yet people want to say it happened because of all the pot smoking going on in Colorado, when in reality, that didn’t become legal here until January of this year. People are so quick to judge without knowing the facts.
        While people have the right to decide what they what their children exposed to, threatening to beat up the principal is really teaching those same children a rather juvenile way of dealing with issues in life. I taught my children how to stand up for themselves and fight for what they believed in, but I also taught them that threatening people or cursing people and/or putting people down for their opinions was the quickest way to loose validity for their own point.
        No… are very wrong. I am not what is wrong with this country.
        I have traveled over most of the US and lived in different areas of the country and the problem I see everywhere I go is that people have become so intolerant of people who don’t think just like them, and then they want to say all people in a certain group are all the same way. And that just isn’t true

        • BUD

          It was so childish to threaten to beat up the principle, when all that was needed was a tall tree and a short rope to end the problem.

        • giant33

          You don’t say a word about the prinicipal having the children recite our pledge in Arabic. Do you think any other country in the world has there children recite their pledge in English?(they should and change their constitution to one like ours) If a school prinicipal in a Muslim country did something like the CO. prinicipal he would get killed. Some threats to these kind of anti american teachers might make them think twice about these stupid things they do. You might think people have the right to decide what there children are exposed to but we don’t. The State and Federal government sets the agenda for most of our schools. To much of it is evil. Wake up.

          • Neilia Krumm

            (replies in same order as your remarks)
            Not to argue, but you are wrong…in my original post…2nd paragraph, 2nd sentence…..” 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.” My point was never about the principal being right in teaching them to recite TPofA in Arabic, or that we should be tolerant of situations like that. My point was everyone making snap judgments without knowing the facts and then wanting to go out and lynch the man.
            If it had happened to my children (or if it should happen to my grandchildren) I would be furious. I would make myself and my opinion known real fast, and I would run with it as far up the ladder as I had to. I can be pretty blunt when I would want to, but I have learned how to do it in a civilized manner. Why is that important? Because, none of those school system officials have to give you the time of the day if you act in a disrespectful manner. The minute you utter a cuss word or make a threat, you are escorted off the premises. NO government employee has to put up with being cursed at and/or threatened. But as long as you can state you mind in a dignified manner, they have to deal with you.
            Also…what is probably my all time biggest pet peeve in when people make judgments without knowing the facts and then proceed to say all people who think like that are a particular type of people. That is so preposterous. But it’s also scary, because people have become so intolerant of people who don’t think exactly like them, and at the same time they have become so desensitized about the value of human life. What the man (principal) did was wrong, but 2 wrongs never make a right. He should be removed from his position, yes. There are several other scenarios that would be acceptable….He could resign. He could apologize and be given a second chance. But threatening to beat the man up, or to hang him from a tree will never be right.
            Do I think other countries have their children recite in English? Yes, I do. Most countries teach it as a second language. Do I think American children should be taught other languages? No, not really. I think they should be offered as electives in high school and/or college, but should elementary children been forced to learn one, especially one that could be considered inflammatory? Absolutely not. Nor do I think people should come here from other countries and expect us to incorporate their languages into our every day lives. If they want to immigrate to this great country and take advantage of all the things we have to offer, then by golly they need to learn the language. OUR language. It just really torques me off when I…an American citizen…have to press 1 for English. I’m not to happy about my Campbells Chicken Soup being in Spanish as well as English. I’m originally from Alabama (care to guess how many people read that and assume I’m either inbred, ignorant or racist?) and I was really irate when they let a Muslim woman have her driver’s license pic while wearing her head apparel. I was born and raised there, and if I wanted to have my pic taken with a Roll Tide or War Eagle hat on I wouldn’t be allowed to. Yet they let an immigrant do so. I don’t think any of it is right. But I also know that if I express that opinion and do so by using curse words and/or making threats I’ve just made myself look like a fanatic and probably will be under surveillance for some time.
            Change their constitution to ours???? Really???? I don’t have time to really go there, but although we are a great nation, we have so much greed and flaws in our system, we don’t need to expect the rest of the world to emmulate us…….
            Yes, a principal in a Muslim country who did what this principal did probably would be killed. But we’re not like them and we don’t want to be like them. At least I don’t…
            Where did you read ( in the article. not the people’s responses) that he was anti American?? Maybe he was just misguided. Maybe he made a mistake. Maybe you’re just being judgmental again without knowing all the facts.
            To a degree we have some say in what our children are exposed to, but in some ways we don’t. It’s really up to us to set the example to our children so that when they are confronted with situations and issues we as parents can’t control, they can percieve right from wrong on their on. But parent’s do have control, although sometimes it means downgrading and taking on another way of life in order to provide a better environment.
            Yes, state and federal government have a lot to do with school systems, but local government does too. The big problem is there’s needs to be changes in the people in the local, state and federal government. because yes….it it evil. it is greedy and evil. You won’t hear an arguement from me on that point……
            You have no clue just how awake I am, probably more so than most people you run across.

          • giant33

            Neilia, you should be a politician. You are long winded enough to be one. If your still married your poor husband could never get a word in with you. Everyone makes snap judgments all the time, driving a car, watching the news, hearing someone talk, cops, soldiers. Why shouldn’t we make snap judgments on people that do the wrong thing? It might save our life. These Muslims got much more then there nose in the tent. They will never stop to try to change us. Coming at us at any means they can. Its up to us the citizens of this once great country to stop them. The politician from either party won’t stop them. You can’t do a Rodney King and say can’t we all get along. I’m sure your a good person. We need more real men and strong women running this country. If more people followed the ten commandants we would be a better nation.

          • Neilia Krumm

            The politicians wouldn’t want me….I speak my mind and rock the boat to much
            Long winded? My husband says I’m like Edith Bunker…a born story teller. Speaking of husband our, 32nd wedding anniversary is coming soon. I think thar’s quite an accomplish in a day and age where most people my age (early 50’s) don’t try to fix problems, easily divorcing instead. He has no problem speaking his mind or getting a word in edgewise….
            Snap judgements===your examples of snap judgements are completely different than the snap judgements I’m talking about. I was referring to those who made snap judgements about that principal, deciding he should swing from the trees with a rope around his neck. I wasn’t talking about the Muslims…you were.
            Rodney King????? Your statement there is so far off the mark from anything we were discussing. Surely you don’t want to open up another topic of discussion with such a long winded person….?
            Yes…you have finally made a correct judgement about me..
            .I am a good person
            And I completely agree with your last 2 statements also
            Short and sweet enough to the point for you????

    • Jim

      Neilia by your name you seem to have yo head up yo ass, maybe if they off you it will make it better..

      • Neilia Krumm

        I don’t recall speaking to you

        I don’t intend to either

  • 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

  • John Wilch

    I don’t have any kids in school, all mine have grown up and are married now; however if I found out that one of my grandchildren was made to say this travesty of the pledge, I’d be standing out side of the school, not on their property, demanding that those that aloud this travesty to take place be fired. Oh, I would also be encouraging their parents to pull them out of this propaganda mill. I have dedicated most of my life defending this Nation, its CONSTITUTION, and its people and this garbage is making me sick.

    May the Great Spirit watch over all of us and guide our steps for all eternity.

    US Combat Veteran: Vietnam, ’68-’69; Door gunner, 228th Avn. Bn. (ASH), 1st Cav. Div. (AM) and former Armored Cavalry Scout (19D30) and damned proud to have served and would do it again if this wonderful country and its people ever needed me. (However, not under BHO and his Socialist Regime.) Enlisted into the Army Dec. 20, ’63 and retired from the Id. Air National Guard Apr. 1, ’92 as an E-6.


  • Jim

    SallyE no one is going to scrap our culture or adopt another, there will be change over time as alway’s good & bad, this pledge thing will pass no one here should go to extrem’s over it.

  • Jim

    Wrong! we arn’t going to change our pledge to arabic, I haven’t bought into lies, your thinking of muslim extremism & there twisted verion, islam isn’t evil but I wouldn’t want to convert to it, maybe your tought it’s evil,maybe churches tear others down to build them up. it’s all about FEAR & ignorince. be a better american then that.

    • smartgranny55

      Before commenting on a topic you are so unfamiliar with, I suggest you get your facts straight. You have bought into the lie that muslims want you to believe. Allah as one of many false gods worshiped by Arabians. The Koran is full of instructions to kill non-muslims. It is full of instructions to treat women worse than 2nd class citizens. Mo was an evil man. There is nothing “American” about islam. The United States was founded on Judeo-Christian with most people worshiping the ONE TRUE GOD, and His name is not allah.

  • Neilia Krumm

    Demanding them be fired is much more realistic than hanging the principal. I also hate how this country panders to everyone else in the name of being politically correct, but threatening to beat up people isn’t the way to fix the problem, nor is blaming an entire state of people just because they happened to have legalized pot.

  • Steve

    We can fault principles, school administrators and teachers till the cows come home–and with good purpose. But I don’t remember educators getting together to lobby Washington, saying “What this country really needs are millions of third world immigrants.”……..While we’re howling about not coddling illegal aliens, millions of other immigrants enter this country every year. And for what?

    • liberty49

      These immigrants are entering this nation to destroy it by turning it into the 3rd World countries they fled!

  • John M.

    NO we do not need this, in Arabic or Spanish for that matter. Wake up America and see what is happening.

  • john

    Follow the money if you truly want the reason

  • liberty49

    WHAT has happened to the common sense of the ‘educators’ in this nation?

  • C K Johnson

    I think the people do not know how to organize .

  • tins6

    Tom Lopez needs to be fired NOW!

  • IveBeenCalledWorse

    Moon, Sun; either way they are creation and not creator; Allah is Satan nonetheless. everything about islam is wicked, evil, and leads to hell. It is as destructive as homoapologist progressivism.

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