Town Outraged By School Reading Pledge Of Allegiance In Arabic

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A New York school has experienced a less-than-stellar Foreign Langauge Week after students and parents jeered and complained over an Arabic reading of the Pledge of Allegiance.

As part of the spirit of the week, Pine Bush High School’s morning announcements on Wednesday included an Arabic reading of the American pledge of allegiance.

The gesture was met with anger and mockery by students, the Times Herald-Record reported.

School Superintendent Joan Carbone received complaints from military and Jewish families, the Record reported.

Principal Aaron Hopmayer issued an apology the same day.

“We sincerely apologize for having the Pledge of Allegiance recited this morning in the High School in a language other than English,” the apology read.

The Record also took a photo of a car windshield, on which someone had scrawled, “We live in America speak English.” Several students reportedly tweeted their objection, one writing that the pledge should always be read in English.

Carbone told the paper that the gesture was “something that was supposed to be good but turned out not to be.”

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  1. That’s because we’re exceptional, you see?

  2. I guess they’d really flip out if they came to my daughter’s elementary school, where they did it in Spanish every morning.

    And of course, the big joke is that this was likely the first time those kids even paid attention to the pledge. It might be a meaningless speech that kids recite because they’re required to, but by god, if they’re going to ignore a patriotic speech, it better be in English.

  3. Exceptionally stupid, xenophobic, racist and bigoted, for a start. The Superintendent should never have apologized. What happened to a Teachable Moment?

  4. “Principal Aaron Hopmayer issued an apology the same day.”

    Fuck him then. Goddamn pussy caving to these childish fucks who throw a tempter tantrum every time reality intrudes on their carefully manufactured and manicured delusions.

    And fuck those students too and the parents who are raising them to be bigoted, racist, xenophobic, sheltered little shits whose nativist white-power views will continue to pollute our society for yet another generation.

  5. Much more powerful in Arabic, all things considered, I think.

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