Right-Wing Media Outraged That Pledge Of Allegiance Was Recited In Arabic: Media Matters

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]

More here:

http://www.recordonline.com/article/20150318/NEWS/150319327

Neil deGrasse Tyson ‘Pledge Of Allegiance’ Comment

Secular Talk

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist who served as the host and narrator for Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, the 21st century version of Carl Sagan’s landmark television series.  He is the director of New Yorks’s Hayden planetarium and has served on various Aerospace commissions for the U.S. government.

The show began in March 2014 and ran thirteen episodes in Primetime on the FOX network, and appeared in 181 countries in 45 languages around the world on the National Geographic Channels. It has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards.

Recently, deGrasse Tyson made some comments on Twitter that raised eyebrows among some and received nasty replies.  But were they true?