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This is an article about a very sad situation (for the U.S.) that occurred in upstate NY. To celebrate national foreign language week the Pledge of Allegiance was recited in English and Arabic. By the end of the day, the speaker had been harrassed, the class president who invited the speaker was punished, and the school was in an "uproar."

How in the world could that be wrong?

We in the U.S. need to enhance our language skills and require students learn a language beyond English.
 
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Literally anything can be wrong when viewed through the eyes of those determined to take offence.
 
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An article in Slate that might be enlightening: http://www.slate.com/articles/...effersons_quran.html
 
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Carbone said she had received complaints from district residents who had lost family members in Afghanistan


ARABIC IS NOT SPOKEN IN AFGHANISTAN.

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and from Jewish parents who were equally outraged by the reading.


ARAB CHRISTIANS AND ARAB JEWS SPEAK ARABIC.
 
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ARABIC IS NOT SPOKEN IN AFGHANISTAN.

Perhaps not in daily life, but since the vast majority are Muslims they will know and use it daily.


Build a man a fire and he's warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life.
 
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ARABIC IS NOT SPOKEN IN AFGHANISTAN.

Perhaps not in daily life, but since the vast majority are Muslims they will know and use it daily.


Really? How do you know?
 
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Don't they use the Q'uran in Arabic?


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i assumed not, but I could be wrong. Even if they can recite the Quran in Arabic, does that mean they speak Arabic?
 
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Dari and Pashto are the two principal languages.
 
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Yes, here is a Wikipedia article about it.

I agree, Bob. If people want to be offended, they will be. And in these times in the U.S., people sure want to be.
 
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