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أمة واحدة تحت الله

Pop quiz: What is the official language of the United States?

If you answered English, you would be wrong. The United States has no official national language, for we live in the great melting pot of the world.

The United States is composed of people of all nationalities, ethnic groups, faiths and ideologies. Growing up, I was taught that America’s diversity was something of which we were to be proud, something that made us different. So when a high-school student organization is formed for the purpose of “destroy[ing] the barriers, embrac[ing] the cultures” of a diverse student body, you might expect that organization to receive full support in its efforts.

Embracing diversity, it turns out, is a scary thing to put into practice when it involves those scary Arabs. At Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colo., a group of students known as the Cultural Arms Club is under fire for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic. What should, in an ideal world, be a non-story lit up the Internet today. While many people have voiced support for the youngsters taking this initiative, some dissenters are downright angry about the audacity of reciting the Pledge in a language other than English – especially the language of the terrorists!

One of the greatest points of contention is derived from the fact that the word “Allah” was used in the recitation in place of the word “God.” Though “Allah” literally translates to “God,” some people are very upset that students would dare utter that word during the sacred oath to our country.

The group has garnered complaints for the practice of reciting the Pledge in another language in the past once before, when they used Spanish.

Fortunately the kids in the group seem to have their heads on straight. In fact, most seem absolutely baffled that there has been an outcry at all. After all, the point of the organization is to promote and embrace diversity, and now they are under fire for doing just that.

In the end, Arabic is just another language. It is not exclusive to Islam, and we should be ecstatic that students are taking the initiative to familiarize their classmates with other cultures. I applaud the students for their boldness, as well as Principal Lopez of RMHS for standing up for the students. U.S. citizens of all languages and backgrounds should feel free to recite the Pledge in their own way, and anyone who wants to deter that needs to rethink values.

I do have to wonder how much of this chaos could be avoided if the line “under God” was simply stricken from the Pledge altogether…

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Catholics never cease to not surprise me

This case has been thoroughly picked over in the atheist blogosphere, but there seems to be enough Catholic hypocrisy to go around.

In Cañon City, Colo., a Catholic hospital seems to have suddenly switched its position regarding abortion:

Catholic organizations have for decades fought to change federal and state laws that fail to protect “unborn persons,” and Catholic Health’s lawyers in this case had the chance to set precedent bolstering anti-abortion legal arguments. Instead, they are arguing state law protects doctors from liability concerning unborn fetuses on grounds that those fetuses are not persons with legal rights.

Apparently abandoning your principles when doing so serves your needs is not a deadly sin.

Here’s the case: A pregnant woman in Colorado suffered a heart attack and was taken to St. Thomas More Hospital. The woman died, but experts agree that her twin, seventh-month-old fetuses could have been saved. Therefore, her husband has sued the hospital for the wrongful death of his babies.

Does the Catholic hospital then stand on its principles and pay up for killing those fetuses, which the church has long argued deserve the same rights as full-grown humans? NO! Of course not! The hospital is instead hiding behind lawyers (who have helped the Catholic Church destroy lives in the past), and has instantly decided that the sanctity of life doesn’t apply when a lawsuit is involved.

Stories like this one (which seem to surface quite regularly for an infallible church) should make you sick. For the reasonable person, they probably do. Unfortunately, I get the feeling that many Catholics are stretching their brains in preparation of the epic mental gymnastics they will have to perform to figure this one out.

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