Fox Guest: Speaking Arabic Today Is Like Speaking German During WWII

Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck and the American Islamic Forum for Democracy's Zuhdi Jasser appear on "Fox & Friends" March 20, 2015.

A guest on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” morning program Friday argued that the New York high school that led its students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic this week unintentionally put its students in alignment with Islamic State terrorists.

The problem, according to Zuhdi Jasser of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, was that the students would have had to say to “under God, or under Allah.”

“[Islamic State leader Abu Bakr] Al-Baghdadi is trying to unify the caliphate under that,” he said. “The youth, our Muslim youth who might be radicalized, they’re Islamopatriots going to fight with ISIS. So the pledge strikes at the core of what we’re fighting.”

“We are at war against radical Islam, which uses the Arabic language,” Jasser said.

Jasser also said that having students recite the pledge in Arabic today would be like having students during World War II recite the pledge in German. “We weren’t fighting all Germans, but we were fighting a war against evil German nationalists,” he said. “That would have struck a nerve in America.”

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h/t Media Matters

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