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Please, people, be stupider:

Teen protests Pledge said in foreign languages

MILLERSVILLE, Md. - A ninth-grader is protesting his school's decision to broadcast the Pledge of Allegiance in foreign languages as part of National Foreign Language Week.

Patrick Linton said he and other students at Old Mill High School sat down rather than stand Wednesday when the pledge was read over the school's public address system in Russian. Linton's teacher told him if he had a problem he should leave the room.

He did, and did not plan to return this week.

"This is America, and we got soldiers at war," the 15-year-old said. "When you're saying the Pledge in a different language which nobody understands, that's not OK."

Charles Linton, Patrick's father, said the use of other languages is disrespectful to the country. "It's like wearing a cross upside down in a church," he said.

The pledge was to be read in Spanish, French, Latin, Russian and German. School officials said the activity will continue, with the English version of the pledge being read first for the rest of the week.

"This is just a way to connect what’s going on in the classroom and this daily activity where we say the Pledge of Allegiance," said Jonathan Brice, a spokesman for Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

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Really, "nobody understands" French or Spanish? Does this mean we'll be changing the national motto from "E Pluribus Unum"? Because I don't speak Latin, and we're at war, and God Bless America and the freedom and the babies! War! FLAG! FLAAAAAAAAAG!

Sigh. Why do I hate America?

Replies: 10 Confessions

How charming that a jingoistic teenager who uses phrases like, "...we got soldiers at war," considers himself a language cop.

Stupid on so many levels. Just thinking about it is making my head hurt.

And how DO you wear a cross upside-down, anyway?

ChgoRed @ 03/11/2005 10:10 AM CST


Sadly, Maryland is exuding more and more like a "red state" behavior of late. Yesterday, I had to walk through a "defense of marriage" protest through Lawyer's Mall in Annapolis. I'm sad to say that it was well attended by the bible-beaters.

jen @ 03/11/2005 01:10 PM CST


Even more disheartening than the story is the poll which accompanies it. 48% think the kid is alright.

John @ 03/11/2005 11:17 PM CST


Because America is the ONLY country with soldiers fighting in a foreign country......good lord. (you guys are more than welcome to come to Oz)

the other amy @ 03/12/2005 12:47 AM CST


That major investment in your English major education has certainly paid off!

Mom C @ 03/12/2005 06:22 PM CST


"Charles Linton, Patrick's father, said the use of other languages is disrespectful to the country."

Other languages? As opposed to what? The one true language?

scarshapedstar @ 03/17/2005 10:39 AM CST


So we can export Democracy, but not the Pledge.

Yeah, kid. Sure, whatever.

Prodigal @ 03/17/2005 11:32 AM CST



hey back when i was in high school, you couldn't be a loser ninth-grader and say some crap about the pledge and make it to MSNBC.

would linton, having a surname of scottish origin, complain if gaelic was included?

randomblogcommenter @ 03/17/2005 12:12 PM CST


Jesus. So much for the melting pot notion of our country. Scary stuff!

stallnine @ 03/17/2005 02:27 PM CST


Another sad thing is the Millersville is only seven miles from Ft. Meade, which is the home of the National Security Agency, which is one of the largest employers in the country of people who speak a second language. How can we win the "war on terra" if we can't understand what others are saying?

Kib @ 03/17/2005 05:30 PM CST


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