In America, we hold a few things sacred; two of which being the Pledge of Allegiance and our National Anthem. Recently deciding to trample upon the cherished tradition was a Colorado High School that decided to replace the word “God,” with “Allah” during the school’s broadcasted Pledge of Allegiance.
Needless to say, as just about everyone would expect, the decision has sparked quite the firestorm with the school’s principal being the target. The principal of Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, Tom Lopez, tried to justify his actions recently 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.”
Sharing that his intentions were to, “destroy the barriers, embrace the cultures,” the Poudre School District communications director, Danielle Clark, chimed in saying, “We understand not everybody would agree with the students’ choice. We’ve heard there are some who are upset.”
The school conveys that this was actually the children’s decision and that in fact, they aren’t to blame. According to Clark, “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.”
That club they are referring to is the, “Cultural Arms Club,” and are the ones responsible for the creations and leading of the pledge “under Allah.” However, one simply wonders how often school clubs are allowed unbridled privileges while on school grounds to do what they please with no supervision.
Clearly here, the school is trying to cover up for to their own ill-advised mistake and instead of taking responsibility for their careless neglect, they would rather just blame the students – in which case, the responsibility ultimately falls upon their shoulders nonetheless.
Despite the school’s less than adequate response to the outrage, they really are only able to justify their actions from the “one” email they received in response. Parents however have been relentlessly hounding Lopez and chastising him for his failure to protect American culture.
Spokesman for the group CAIR, a representative organization for the Muslim Brotherhood, Ibrahim Hooper, tried to reason, “Obviously in Arabic, you would use the word Allah, but Christian Arabs would use the word Allah,” and that the word is, “not necessarily specific to Islam and Muslims.”
Here in American however Mr. Hooper, it’s safe to say that as our soldiers have fought against and died at the hands of those that praise this Allah, it’s very specific. Of course, he asks, “How on earth is it un-American to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in another language? It doesn’t make sense unless the people complaining are anti-Muslim or anti-middle eastern bigots.”
Now listen, there are no bigots, but the fact remains that if you wish to come into this country, you must accept it just as much as you want it to accept you. American culture was here far before immigrants worshiping Allah were, and the fact that you want to change our long-time culture to fit your beliefs is unreasonable and no less bigoted.
Lopez however has since been trying to portray himself as the victim saying he has been accused of “pushing a Muslim Brotherhood agenda – to push Islam into the school.” He denies that was behind the decision,” and even called a traitor. In all forms, he officially noted that he’s “worn down.”
Whining some more, he bellyaches, “I’ve been shocked with prejudicial statements that have been made. I’ve been shocked with the lack of seeking understanding. There’s definitely suspicion and fear expressed in these people’s minds. There’s some hate.”
Perhaps outlining the general sentiment felt by Americans, was Chris Wells who wrote, “As a veteran and a friend of a man killed defending these children in their little games they like to play with our pledge, I’m offended. There are things that we don’t mess with – among them are the pledge and our anthem.”
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