#1 NY school sorry for reciting Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic by Cincinnatus 19.03.2015 22:19


Oh, good grief.

"PINE BUSH, N.Y. (AP) — A school in upstate New York has apologized for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic after complaints from district residents who lost family members in the Afghanistan war.

The pledge was read in Arabic during Wednesday morning announcements at Pine Bush High School, 65 miles northwest of New York City.

Some students were angered and responded with catcalls. District Superintendent Joan Carbone told the Times Herald-Record of Middletown (http://goo.gl/jLTyPS ) that she received complaints from residents who lost relatives in Afghanistan and from Jewish parents.

The Arabic reading of the pledge has "divided the school in half," she told the newspaper.

The district said the school's foreign language department arranged to have the pledge recited in different languages for National Foreign Language Week, which was last week.

Andrew Zink, the senior class president, usually gives the morning announcements and recites the pledge. He said he allowed an Arabic-speaking student to handle the pledge duties Wednesday.

"The intention was to promote the fact that those who speak a language other than English still pledge to salute this great country," the district said in its statement.

The principal made a building-wide announcement Wednesday afternoon to explain the reading's context and apologize to students who took offense to it being recited in Arabic. In a statement posted on the district's website, officials said they apologized "to any students, staff or community members who found this activity disrespectful."


A gazillion and a half languages on earth and these idiots pick Arabic. I don't think Arabic is generally spoken in Afghanistan, but to properly read the Quran it is best (a Muslim friend from years ago told me that. He also gave me a Quran. Moreover, and more importantly, those ISIS lice who have beheaded Americans and others definitely speak it.

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