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Enough Celebration of Diversity … Let’s Try More Unity!

January 31, 2013

I’m all for diversity.  But, enough already!  Let’s try a little UNITY in place of DIVERSITY for a while.

I’m referring to the Fort Collins high school that recited the Pledge of Allegiance over the loudspeaker this week … in Arabic.  Seems as if the students in the Cultural Arms Club, which seeks to “destroy the barriers and embrace the cultures”, initiated the action.  Out of courtesy, they asked permission from the principal, Tom Lopez, before they did it.  He approved and now he is suffering the wrath of outraged parents.

Listen, if this were a rare occurence, I would not be opposed.  A bunch of high school kids wanting to do something different is really no big deal.  But, you’d have to be living under a rock these days not to realize that a large percentage of Americans are fed up with seeing one revered American tradition after another thrown aside to make room for the almighty sacrament of diversity.

That we are a diverse nation of many cultures is crystal clear – we are reminded of it every day, thank you very much.  That there are barriers to overcome is something we are well aware of – we hear about it ad nauseum.   Does reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic help destroy barriers?  No!  Quite the opposite.  It makes me (and probably millions of other Americans) feel like someone wants to shove their agenda down my throat.  Which makes me NOT want to embrace a culture that would impose itself on others. (By the way, it is said that the Arabic language encourages radical Islam.  To learn more about that, click here.)

Ironically, the Pledge of Allegiance was written to unify Americans during a time when America was very divided.  It was 1892 and labor strikes, immigration, and the rise of socialism were all contributing factors to an America that was becoming more and more separated.  The Pledge was written to be the highlight of the events surrounding the 400th anniversary of America’s discovery.  Indeed, Americans did unite around the flag and the Pledge.

So, here is what I suggest.  Say the Pledge of Allegiance in English.  It was written in English.  It has been recited by millions and millions of Americans … in English.  We have a saying here in America: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  Let’s apply that principle to the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.  In English.