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  • Arabic Pledge of Allegiance brings protests

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nlaccetti@cogeco.ca Mar 25, 2015 10:21 pm

Thank you for going to the trouble to point out that “More important, though, the pledge in any language is a pledge of allegiance to the American flag and to the country for which it stands, not to some other country”

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serranoham@yahoo.co.uk Mar 30, 2015 3:41 am

The local response to this high school's admirable initiative appals me on two counts:

1. To call Arabic, official language of the UN and mother tongue of millions, "the language of the enemy" shows crass ignorance (not least because, as you point out, Dari and Pushto are the dominant languages of Afghanistan).

2. Arguing that the Declaration of Independence and other totemic US documents should only be in English confers on them a degree of sacredness matched only that of the - Arabic only - Koran. And none of the good burghers of Pine Bush would want that, now would they?

PS I was directed to your site by the excellent Word a Day website

 

Reply to serranoham@yahoo.co.uk at 3:41 am