NBC News reported that a student at upstate New York’s Pine Bush High School read the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic on March 18th in celebration of National Foreign Language Week, sparking controversy and prompting the school to apologize.
Andrew Zink, Pine Bush’s senior class president, normally reads the morning announcements, and told NBC News that he consented when a teacher asked another student to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic. There were talks about having the pledge read in Japanese, French and Spanish this week as well. [NBC News, 3/19/15]
Media Matters reported on the reactions in the Conservative Media:
Radio Host Laura Ingraham Compares Saying Pledge In Arabic To “Skinheads” Saying Pledge. [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 3/20/15]
Fox’s Alex Ferrer: Pledge Should Not Be Read In Language “Tied To … Terrorist Attacks.” [Fox News, Outnumbered, 3/20/15]
Fox Guest: Reciting Pledge In Arabic Inappropriate Because “We Are At War” With Many Who Speak Arabic. [Fox News, Fox & Friends,3/20/15]
Daily Caller: The School “Screw[ed] Up The Pledge Of Allegiance,” called it a “gimmick.” [Daily Caller, 3/20/15]
Fox’s Todd Starnes: Saying Pledge In Arabic Means “our schoolhouses have become places where Christianity is marginalized and Islam is given accommodation.” [FoxNews.com, 3/20/15]