HS Students Say Pledge In Arabic: ‘One Nation Under Allah’

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The principal at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, is facing a hailstorm of criticism from some very angry parents and residents.

The school recites the Pledge of Allegiance weekly, on Mondays. Last Monday, a member of their “Cultural Arms Club” led the student body in an Arabic version of the pledge, replacing the words “under God” with “under Allah.”

Principal Tom Lopez denies any attempt to push an Islamic agenda, 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.”

Principal Lopez doesn’t make any sense. Speaking unintelligible words in Arabic in some way accentuates their meaning? That is an extremely weak argument in defense of an ill-advised decision.

He said the cultural clubs seeks to “destroy the barriers, embrace the cultures” that exist within the high school.

That would translate into “destroy the barriers to Islam and embrace it,” correct, Mr. Lopez?

The Poudre School District communications director, Danielle Clark, said they understand why parents are upset. She told Fox News, “We understand not everybody would agree with the students’ choice. We’ve heard there are some who are upset.”

Let’s put his into perspective for the feeble-minded Clark and Lopez. It is not the student’s choice. They do not control the public address system. It was a school choice.

Her simplistic defense included a reference to “one” supportive email and a reference to a similar mistake last year which drew controversy when the pledge was recited in Spanish. Somehow not learning from and expanding upon your previous mistakes is perceived as a viable defense for these educators.

An abdication of responsibility is also part of their defense. Clark attempted to pass the buck of responsibility to the students, saying, “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.”

Actually, the activity of reciting the pledge does come under the district. Choosing to put it into the hands of a group not regulated by their administrators does not provide absolution.

“We deferred to the students because it’s their deal,” she said.

One cultural club member, professing to not understand the controversy is Skyler Bowden. Bowden simplistically told The Coloradoan, “No matter what language it’s said in, pledging your allegiance to the United States is the same in every language.”

Given their youth, the high school students might understandably not recognize the problems with proclaiming America as “one nation under Allah.” The grownups should and they ought to be controlling the activity.

The Muslim Brotherhood front group CAIR chimed in saying, “Obviously in Arabic, you would use the word Allah, but Christian Arabs would use the word Allah.” Their spokesperson, Ibrahim Hooper, claimed use of the word Allah is “not necessarily specific to Islam and Muslims.” From an American point of view, it is, whether he is technically correct or not, to Americans, in America, it’s a specific Muslim and Islamic reference.

As if to reinforce the idiocy of reciting the pledge in another language, Clark said she did not hear the pledge and does not speak Arabic so she could not confirm exactly what words were used.

Lopez said he has been getting a variety of accusations leveled at him, including being called a traitor. He said, “They claim they are outraged, that this is blaspheming a real major tenet of our patriotism – which in their mind the Pledge of Allegiance is only in English.”

He said he’s also been accused of “pushing a Muslim Brotherhood agenda – to push Islam into the school.” He denies that was behind the decision.

CAIR representative Hooper told Fox News he was dumbfounded by complaints about the Arabic version of the pledge.

“How on earth is it un-American to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in another language,” Hooper asked. “It doesn’t make sense unless the people complaining are anti-Muslim or anti-middle eastern bigots.”

It just might be that Americans recognize the Islamic agenda, Mr. Hooper, and are tired of having it forced upon them. Maybe we know what you are up to and people are pushing back.

Principal Lopez said all of the criticism and complaints had him “worn down.”

Playing the tolerance card, Lopez labeled himself as the victim, stating, “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.”

One resident, Chris Wells put it in terms even educator Lopez could understand. Writing in The Daily Coloradoan, he said, “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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  3. Concerned Patriot says:

    Must be funded by the site http://onenationunderallah.com. I would pull my child from this school immediately!

    • Jerk says:

      Good, that’d be one less brainwashed, indoctrinated fool to spread hatred, intolerance, and bigotry.

  4. Mike Hardy says:

    So it’s a “mistake” to allow students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance on one occasion in Spanish or Arabic instead of English? Mr. Wells, if they say the Pledge in Arabic, don’t you think instead of “under Allah” they’d have said _two_ words in Arabic, using an Arabic word instead of “under”? Just as an Arabic word might mean “under”, so also “Allah” is Arabic for “God”, and is used by Christian Arabs as much as by Muslim Arabs. Are you afraid the Pledge in Spanish is pushing a Catholic agenda (even though Spanish-speaking Protestants use the word “Dios” as much as Spanish-speaking Catholics do?

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  6. Tom G says:

    I Look at this and wonder what has happened to this country. My grandfather came from Switzerland in 1915 and spoke no English. He quickly learned to speak English and integrated himself into this culture. Nobody bent over backwards to put English as a second language for him or gave him all the Freebies. He worked hard as a mechanic And earned everything he got. he never thought to speak the Pledge of Allegiance in German or sing the national anthem in German. What ever happened to those sense of values? also go to one of these foreign countries And try to speak English with one of their pledges or anthems and see what happens

  7. Eddie says:

    I have a request. I’d like to have a word of prayer with the principal. Then I want to beat the allah out of him. You’d better be glad you’re in Colorado and not closer to me or I’m mop the floor up with your sorry muslime lovin’ ass. You’re a cheap piece of feces and one day some parent is gonna wind your clock for you, you sorry SOB ! It’s getting hard to tell the difference between mexifornia and colonutvillerado !

  8. Richard says:

    At the end of the article it was mentioned there was some fear and hate. If I had to bow to their Allah or get my head cut off there would be some fear and I would hate it if they actually did it. I think our flag deserves better than that.

    • Jerk says:

      “bow to their Allah” … Just FYI, Christians, Jews, and Muslims all worship the same god — the difference is in the prophets.

  9. Katie says:

    “I pledge allegiance to my self, an ungrateful asshole who is now taking over the country, and to the liberal party for which it stands, one nation under (full the blank) intentionally divided, with political correctness yet general disregard for all.”

  10. Michael Salas says:

    Okay, so first of all, this is such a Republican response. Extreme conservatives, who are too stubborn to educate themselves. Despite what the media portrays and the larger news from the Middle East; Jews, Christians, and Muslims live in relative harmony. All 3 worship and adhere it the same Deity. “Allah” is the ARABIC word for “God”. Arabic does not equal Islam. Arabic actually refers to the ethnicity and language of the people of the Middle East. Islam refers to the religion. When studied properly, you would realize that Muslims actually acknowledge and respect Jews and Christians; and refer to them as “people of the Book”. Their view is that the previous 2 religions are stepping-stones, God’s tests, and the Muslims actually received the final part of the puzzle, the final “revelation”. So yes, the God in Islam is actually the same God in the other 2 monotheistic religions. Also there’s nothing at all wrong with reciting the Pledge in Arabic. America is supposed to be culturally aware and diverse. Remember we have no official language or official religion. We’re not supposed to. The words “under God” in the Pledge were not added until the 1960s, so even Christians (no matter what denomination) shouldn’t really be complaining either that the Pledge is in a different language.
    SO! This whole article is completely moronic. No one is trying to push the “Muslim agenda”. Arabic doesn’t equal Islam! This thing was written by a bunch if stubborn, ignorant, uneducated, ethnocentric idiots.

    • IanRants says:

      Thank you, I was really hoping at least someone would know what they were talking about. The entire article was written by someone who clearly has no fundamental understanding of open thinking.

  11. This is insane!!! This is not the middle east its AMERICA! Get the Allah out!!! Like to see them recite it in English to the American flag!! Oh I forgot that’s an insult! Well guess what this offends me and my American Christianity!! Go home go home go home!!!

    • IanRants says:

      Freedom of Religion? OMG is that not in the fucking Constitution? OMG Am I a moronic Christian that refuses to allow someone else to practice their religion as freely and openly as I do?

      The answer would be yes if you couldn’t figure that out…

  12. f12ea8ea@opayq.com says:

    The Pledge is just a ridiculous form of brainwashing anyways, this horrid country filled with corrupt Politicians, Senators, Leaders of the industry, is already so far gone that the fact that any of you care about the future of America is hilarious to me. This country died long ago, Perhaps with Lincoln, but it’s fate sealed with Kennedy.

  13. mina says:

    I am all for learning a new language, and we do live in America… the melting pot. If a kid wants to say whatever they are learning, fine. But I’ll be damned my christian child would have to say allah anything, I don’t care what it is another word for. My English speaking child will say God, like they were raised, and they will pledge allegiance to their country and the men and women that died to make it as multi national as it is. Islam is nothing but terrorists, and not one good thing has come of it.

    • Truth seeker says:

      I appreciate your strong beliefs in America as the melting pot and I 100% agree with your sentiments about educating your kids as you see fit, however I would like to pose a couple questions to you. 1. What is God’s name? Do you realize that “God” is merely a word formed to represent the deity of the Bible, YAHWEH, and that word is different in almost every language on the planet. If your children were to take a Spanish class would you object to them using the word Dios to refer to Yahweh?

      The last sentence of your post would have more truth in it if your dog sat on your keyboard and posted it. “Islam is nothing but terrorists,”
      2. How many people subscribe to the religion of Islam? Upwards of 1.6 billion people according to the Pew Research center. http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/06/07/worlds-muslim-population-more-widespread-than-you-might-think/
      Of these 1.6 billion people estimates of the percentage of jihadists is in the range of 10-25%

      Your final comment “and not one good thing has come of it (Islam).” Is so grounded in xenophobia and bigotry that I don’t even want to address it. I suggest that you research some of the things Islamic culture has provided for the world before you go on hateful tirades again.

      I encourage you to seek the truth in everything for, in the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ “if you abide in my word, you are truly my discipLes, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

      A Christian brother

  14. Jennifer M. says:

    Arabic is a language, not a religion. Funny how otherwise reasonably intelligent adults can so easily confuse the two.

  15. Lisa says:

    I’m pretty sure suicide bombers recite their nation anthem too (“Allah Akbar”) before blowing everyone up.
    Besides, you are in America and the national anthem should be said in its national language!

  16. Barbara Brown says:

    This makes a great case for home schooling.

  17. Aimee Oconner says:

    This is a travesty. Islam has contributed absolutely nothing to humanity but bloodshed and murder. Its “holy book” the koran commands every Muslim to fight and murder anyone who will not surrender to its demonic ideology of slavery and oppression. (Here’s only one of many-Sura 2 Verses 190-193). And we are allowing our children to be deceived that this is a “religion of peace?”
    Consider that almost every Islamic nation today is at war or is slaughtering their own citizens. That is what they want for America. Slaughter, oppression, hell on earth. No progress. No inventions. No liberty or justice for all. That is Islam. It is a deep, dark deception disguised as an “angel of light” and we’re letting them walk right over us. 1/3 of the world population that wants to slit the throat of every freedom-loving American, and we’re letting them do it through indoctrinating our children.
    Oh by the way Allah is not God, he is the devil. Should we pledge allegiance to the devil? Take a look at Haiti, that’s what you get when you pledge allegiance to the devil . STOP ISLAM’S MARCH TO DESTROY AMERICA FROM WITHIN!

  18. hargonagain says:

    Did the school notify the parents that this was going to happen or did they just spring it on the students that day? The parents should have been notified in advance and had the opportunity to either allow their children to participate or not. I would have spoken to my son and told him that I would not want him to participate and explained why.

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