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Archive for 13 December 2011
The Pledge of Allegiance is creating a controversy in Lamont. Not the pledge itself, but the language it is recited in.
Elementary students in the Lamont School District recite the pledge in both English and Spanish. Some teachers aren’t happy about it.
It is a pledge of loyalty and allegiance to the United States of America. But, in Lamont, some take offense that the Pledge of Allegiance is recited in a language other than English.
“I think you offer a great way for students to feel included, and it’s the Pledge of Allegiance, no greater honor than to be able to say the Pledge of Allegiance in a second language,” said Fred Molina, Principal, Alicante School.
Honor? I don’t see anything honorable about having kids pledging allegiance in a language that is NOT the primary language of the country, unless, of course, they have moved an American city to a foreign country, and no one informed the rest of the country.
Since 2002, all students in the district’s three elementary schools have recited the Pledge in English and Spanish. It is a tradition for a city that is 97% Hispanic.
“We haven’t had any complaints from anyone about this issue. We feel it’s a very positive thing for our district,” said Ricardo Robles, Assistant Superintendent.
Are they Hispanic, or are they Americans, citizens of the United States? If those 97% are legal residents, why the need for pledging allegiance in a foreign language? Evidently, assimilating to the country you are living in is no longer expected. Perpetuating a division in the country really isn’t such a great idea. Since there haven’t been any complaints, I’m going to take a wild guess and say that there is no loyalty to the U.S. and therefore, said residents are not to be trusted. Hey…just a wild stab.
Since 2002, 35% of students have been part of a bilingual program where instruction is 50% in English and 50% in Spanish. But, the Pledge is recited by all students, including those who only speak English.
“One of the issues with it being in Spanish is that not everyone got a chance to voice their opinion doing it that way. Every time it was brought up for discussion, it was set aside and we never got a chance to vote for it or even discuss it any further,” said Barry Champagne, teacher.
Most people who choose to come to this country, legally, have always worked hard to assimilate, and learn the language of their new country. That doesn’t seem to be the case with a large number of those who come from Spanish speaking countries. Instead of adapting, the rest of us are expected to accommodate them. Does anyone else find this offensive? Not only does this cause an added expense in education, it also does not help the student to learn the language he or she will be expected to know when it comes time to go out into the world and make a living.
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one nation under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.
Forty-five students, among them young children, were discovered held in chains in a basement when police raided an Islamic seminary in Pakistan last night.
The male students, some said to be as young as 12 but appearing even younger, were found in what amounted to a dungeon at the Madrassa Zakarya in the Sohrab Goth district of Karachi.
Led barefoot from their prison, captives told officers they had suffered regular beatings and been hung upside down as a form of punishment.
The hatred these animals have for children just boggles the mind!
Others said they had been visited by Taliban fighters and that 10 of their fellow students had disappeared in recent months.
One boy said that visiting Taliban members had told them to ‘prepare for battle’. Some Pakistani madrassas have long been suspected of grooming Islamic militants.
Police arrested a cleric and two others at the scene, but the madrassa’s administrator managed to escape during the raid, Pakistan’s Express Tribune reported.
The brutality at every level of this so called ‘religion’ should make civilized people question the sanity of our so called leaders that claim this is a ‘religion of peace’. No, it’s not! It’s a cult of hatred and brutality!
Here are just a few examples of how ‘peaceful’ this cult really is:
That’s just a VERY few examples of just how ‘peaceful’ it is. The history of Islam has been quite bloody, overshadowing the horrors of the so called Christians during the Inquisition.
Oh yeah….and try this one on for size, while you’re at it:
Trying to keep up with the vile practitioners of this cult is quite difficult, but there are some who feel it’s their duty to inform the public since the lame stream media has failed to do its job. Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller are just two of the many who have worked extremely hard to keep people informed, and they are constantly threatened by the followers of the murderous pedophile thug.
Until people wake up to the danger that is called Islam, no one in the world is safe, not even their own children!
We NEED one of these guys! In this next video, the people of the individual countries of Europe with the creation of the European Union have lost their freedoms. A Union, I might add, that I was TOTALLY against at its inception. Even I knew it was a dangerous idea. Apparently, at least the British representative has finally figured it out as well.
We weren’t founded as a democracy, but a republic. There is a difference. We need to find our way back to our founding, and very, VERY, quick!
Why Would Obama Veto Job Creation?
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on a bill that would, among other things, open the door for the creation of thousands of new jobs, prevent a tax hike on American workers, and help reduce the crippling deficit. However, President Barack Obama has promised that he would bring the legislation to a halt with a veto—all because of his opposition the single measure in the bill that would create jobs.
What’s so offensive that would cause the President to level a veto threat? A provision in H.R. 3630, the “Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011,” that would provide for the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project that would bring oil from Canada. Heritage’s Nicolas Loris explains that it would mean “access to easy imports from our northern neighbor, the creation of thousands of jobs, and the generation of revenue for the states where the pipeline passes. Montana, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Texas are collectively projected to collect $5.2 billion in property tax revenue as a result of building the pipeline.”