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Colorado public school said Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic to Allah

Every Monday, Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, recites the Pledge of Allegiance.

Last Monday, however, a student of the public school’s Cultural Arms Club led the student body in an Arabic version of the pledge, replacing the words “under God” with “under Allah.”

rocky mountain high schoolRick Wells reports for GOPtheDailyDose, April 18, 2014, that the school’s principal Tom Lopez now faces a hailstorm of criticism from some very angry parents and residents.

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.” But 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.” Lopez said the cultural club seeks to “destroy the barriers, embrace the cultures” that exist within the high school.

Portraying himself as the victim, Lopez said he’s “worn down” from all the criticisms, “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.”

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.” Clark tried to deflect responsibility, 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. We deferred to the students because it’s their deal.”

Fort Collins resident Chris Wells put it the best. 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.”

~Eowyn

It’s come to this – “One Nation Under Allah”

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Outrage as high school recites Pledge in Arabic saying ‘One Nation Under Allah’

DailyMail: Fury is brewing at Rocky Mountain High  School, in Colorado, after a multicultural student group were encouraged to recite the Pledge of Allegiance over the loudspeaker in Arabic – replacing ‘one nation under God’ with ‘one nation under Allah’.

Following Monday’s pledge, Principal Tom  Lopez has been inundated with complaints from outraged parents concerned that saying the Pledge in any language other than English is unpatriotic.

Standing by his controversial decision, Principal Lopez has said that despite the irate telephone calls and emails, he is not in any way or form trying to push an Islamic agenda at the Fort Collins school. ‘These students love this country,’ said  Lopez to Fox News. ‘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.

At the school, the Pledge of Allegiance is recited once a week and on Monday, a member of the Cultural Arms Club at Rocky Mountain High School read out an Arabic version. The pupils sought the permission of Principal Lopez, who previously had allowed the Pledge to be read out in French and Spanish.

However, the backlash began from students hours after the recital and has continued through the week as angry parents have  waded into the controversy. ‘We understand not everybody would agree with the students’ choice,’ said Danielle Clark, communications director of the  Poudre School District to Fox  News. ‘We’ve heard there are some who are  upset.’

Clark said though, that the club has a history of reading the Pledge in different languages and some parents have  emailed to say it ‘was a great thing’. And she added that the students had asked  permission from the principal. ‘We deferred to the students because it’s their deal,’ she said to Fox News.

Students at the school rushed to the classmates defense, keen to highlight the motto of the Cultural Arms Club which  seeks to ‘destroy the barriers, embrace the cultures.‘No matter what language it’s said in, pledging your allegiance to the United States is the same in every language,’  student Skyler Bowden told The  Coloradoan.

The issue for some parents and pupils at the  school is that in an Arabic translation of the Pledge of Allegiance, ‘one nation  under God’ is replaced with ‘one nation under Allah’. Obviously in Arabic, you would use the word  Allah, but Christian Arabs would use the word Allah,’ said Ibrahim Hooper, of the Council on American Islamic Relations. ‘It’s not necessarily specific to Islam and  Muslims.’

Principal Lopez has borne the brunt of the  criticism of the decision to allow the recital – and some have gone as far as to  label him as a traitor. ‘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,’ said Lopez.

Principal knows best...

Principal knows best…

Other parents have accused him of ‘pushing a  Muslim Brotherhood agenda – to push Islam into the school.’ ‘How on earth is it un-American to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in another language,’ said Hooper to Fox News. ‘It doesn’t make sense unless the people complaining are anti-Muslim or anti-middle eastern bigots.’

Indeed, the embattled head is becoming wary  at the number of complaints and level of abuse he has received. ‘I’ve been shocked with prejudicial  statements that have been made,’ said Lopez. ‘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.

Lopez says the school is a place of inclusion where one message can be communicated in many different ways. ‘When they pledge allegiance to United States, that’s exactly what they’re saying,’ Lopez said. ‘They’re just using  another language as their vehicle,’ he said.

Well, call me a bigot yet I would be offended too. I distrust a religion, with a god named “Allah”, that:

  • Imprisons a Christian Pastor for “threatening the national security of Iran through his leadership in Christian house churches”;
  • Locks up and lashes women for being immodest;
  • Throws stones at Jewish kindergarteners;
  • Allows men to have sex with underage girls;
  • Has no love for unbelievers;
  • Doesn’t allow women to drive; and
  • Is the best of deceivers through Taqiyya.

The “religion of peace” that “Allah” purports is not symbolic of the patriotism that Americans hold true.

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Here’s contact info for Rocky Mountain High School:

  • Address: 1300 W. Swallow Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80526-2412
  • Email: rmhs@psdschools.org
  • School principal Tom López’s phone no: 970-488-7005

~Eowyn