A school of high schools students at Rocky Mountain High School in Colorado got a very different and interesting rendition of the pledge of allegiance recently. Someone recited the pledge of allegiance over the loud speaker and instead of hearing, “one nation under God,” they heard, “one nation under Allah.”
At this particular school the pledge of allegiance is recited every Monday morning but a new member for the Cultural Arms Club decided to replace God with Allah. Perhaps that person forget they live in the United States of America. Not surprisingly, the principal has received numerous complaints.
Principal Tom Lopez has been dealing with boards of angry parents of students who have complained to the school about the use of Allah over God. Among other complaints is the primary one, which is that it is unpatriotic. But Principal Lopez is remaining stalwart in his stance 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.”
Danielle Clark is the Communications Dire for for the High School district and she said,
“We understand not everybody would agree with the students’ choice. We’ve heard there are some who are upset.”
They must be living on Pluto if they sincerely believe nobody would take issue with that. She went on to defend the use of Allah in the pledge of allegiance. She referenced the fact that the Cultural Arms Club has recited the pledge of allegiance in both French and Spanish.
However, that is an inappropriate comparison. There is a difference between saying the words in a different language and completely changing the meaning of the words. That’s like comparing apples and oranges.
Students at Rocky Mountain High School are mostly defending their classmates’ choices. They spoke of the motto and mission of the Cultural Arms Club in which they claim they hope to destroy barriers and embrace the cultures.
One student Skyler Bowden said,
“No matter what language it’s said in, pledging your allegiance to the United States is the same in every language.”
Now Principal Lopez is being accused of pushing an Islamic agenda with political leanings. However, he responded to those allegations as such,
“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.”
Clearly the school is attempting to make some type of political and cultural statement because unless they have been smoking crack there is no way they honestly believed this would not be prejudicial or controversial. Just the very nature of our political climate both domestically and internationally speaks for itself. This was clearly premeditated.