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03-20-2015 08:37 PM  3 years agoPost 1
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NY High School: One Nation Under Allah

By Associated Press March 20, 2015

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 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."

Carbone said the pledge will be read in English only from now on. A state Department of Education spokesman said there's no state requirement to recite the pledge in English.

The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations questioned the school's justification for an apology.

"When a simple student activity designed to promote mutual understanding receives such a negative reaction and the school in which it takes place is forced to issue a public apology, all Americans who value our nation's history of religious and ethnic diversity should be concerned," said council spokeswoman Sadyia Khalique.

The Pine Bush district covers rural parts of Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties. Its total enrollment is about 5,500 students.

In 2013, the parents of several Jewish students attending Pine Bush elementary and middle schools said their children were the targets of anti-Semitic harassment from classmates. The families filed a federal civil rights lawsuit, claiming district officials turned a blind eye to the behavior. In November, a federal judge in White Plains ruled the case could go forward.

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03-20-2015 09:23 PM  3 years agoPost 2
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america should be proud that its honored and spoken by other race of people

Insha Allah made in america

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03-20-2015 10:52 PM  3 years agoPost 3
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Anybody has a problem with speaking English in the USA can leave.

Any student getting a "free" education in the USA should be Obligated to recite the anthem in English.

Real simple. Want to fit in with society? Try speaking the language.

Want to be a part of something great? Try speaking the language.

Want to learn? Try speaking the language?

Pick the language you chose to speak and GO TO THAT COUNTRY AND LIVE.

Very, very simple.

All immigrants have done this. My Grandparents did. Asians do it.

Indians do it. Even those Jewish people do it.

Maybe, Just maybe it's time for them to catch a clue from the whole

world around them.

Just saying......

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03-21-2015 06:52 AM  3 years agoPost 4
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It does take an amazing amount of gall to enter a foreign country and make demands of it. Let you or I try such a thing in ANY other country in the world, and see how well we are received. These expectations have no basis in reality.

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03-21-2015 08:48 AM  3 years agoPost 5
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america should be proud that its honored and spoken by other race of people
There's no honor among thieves....like those that "scam the system"....

That the little "twiddle twinks" haven't studied US history to realize that the arabs were pirates when the US defeated the british.

No arab EVER helped the US to defeat the Nazis in WW2...in fact, they were Nazi sympathizers....and were elated with the execution of Jews.....and were too stupid to realize that they were next...on the list.

Better learn US and world history.

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03-21-2015 10:45 AM  3 years agoPost 6
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03-21-2015 01:14 PM  3 years agoPost 7
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What was once a great melting pot of people and cultures is now just a really bad fruit salad.

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03-21-2015 01:18 PM  3 years agoPost 8
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It's telling that the sniper movie was very very popular and successful but you still see a different narrative and agenda on the news. The voice with the megaphone isn't the voice of the people. We're being leashed and led around.

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03-21-2015 02:21 PM  3 years agoPost 9
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Circling the drain.

Liberty once lost, is lost forever.

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03-22-2015 03:05 AM  3 years agoPost 10
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^^^glub...glub...glub

90% of life is "showing up"

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