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Actually no Muslim stated that there was any offense in listening to the Pledge of Allegiance; they didn't have to. Oregon's southwest Portland elementary school officials, without a single Muslim complaint, in order to prevent the smidgin of likelihood, a sliver of chance, a particle of possibility that some Muslim might perhaps potentially be slightly offended decided to exclude the Pledge of Allegiance from an elementary school's ceremony.
The Portland School District said there were no complaints about the pledge. They said they have little say in how principals handle end of the year ceremonies at individual schools.
The following is the full e-mail response that parent Briana Reese received from Principal Pam Wilson:
"The Pledge contains the words, 'under God' and we have many Muslim families here. So out of respect for the diversity of religious faiths practiced by our school community (parents and families) we decided that this year the students would memorize and sing the Preamble to the Constitution. At the rehearsal on Friday they did it from memory and to a wonderful song. It was very joyful and unique. I think you, and other parents, will really appreciate the creative and new way to open the program."
Over two years ago in my post Can Muslims be Good Americans? No. No. No., the question was asked, "Can a devout Muslim be an American patriot and a loyal citizen?"
- Theologically, no. Because his allegiance is to Allah, the moon god of Arabia.
- Scripturally, no. Because his allegiance is to the five pillars of Islam and the Qur'an.
- Geographically, no. Because his allegiance is to Mecca, to which he turns in prayer 5 times a day.
- Socially, no. Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews.
And now, in the fear that Muslims might be insulted by a pledge of allegiance to our flag, in the fear that Muslims might be offended by a pledge of Allegiance to our country, we have submitted to the Will of Allah as dhimmis in Muslim countries do. No shots were fired, no bombs went off, no threats were even made. Not a single Muslim complained.
So if no Muslim demanded this cowardly act of appeasement, are they still to blame?
For answer, I need to digress.
I had breakfast with Mafia Boss John Gotti back in May of 1986. Actually I was sitting alone at a four-seat table having breakfast when he sat down cater-cornered from me. He completely ignored me, not even a "Yoh!" An underling brought him some eggs and sausage and called him 'J.G.' About half-way through his breakfast he took out this huge cigar and began lighting it. He never looked at me nor did he ask me if the smoke would bother. I did not get up and sit somewhere else, nor did I tell him to take his cigar and shove it up his ass.
Normally I never tolerate anyone lighting up in front of me while I am eating. But John Gotti did not demand that I shut up and take it nor did he strap me into the chair to keep me from moving to another table. I said nothing and I did nothing. At the time, I thought to myself that he might get offended if I moved to another table. Certainly if I had demanded that he snuff out his cigar my wife would have found my shoes at the edge of some pier in downtown New York and without my feet in them.
The possibility of insulting a truly evil, ruthless, violent person was enough to make me act in a submissive, shameful manner. The solution to situations like this is not to blame the coward, but to remove the cause of the problem. The same applies to the act of cowardice in Oregon. The solution is not to cry and whine that the school is being run by a bunch of appeasers; the solution is to remove the problem: Muslims.
A city only needs one Muslim in order to begin the process of appeasement. More Muslims and the process speeds up. Bring the Muslim population to 10% and we'll stop speaking English in schools 'out of respect for the diversity of religious faiths.' We know that this
'fear' 'respect' is the same 'fear' respect I showed to John Gotti.
Two years ago, in my post about the Danish Cartoon Affair, I wrote "The New York Times and other spineless, obsequious, bowing and scraping rags pretended that out of respect for the sensitivities of Muslims they declined to republish the cartoons. It was obvious to anyone that the true reason was fear." When I act in a spineless, obsequious, bowing and scraping manner I say so, I don't pretend that I'm acting out of respect for someone's sensitivities.
The solution for us? Stop letting Muslims in and begin deporting those who are here. If we fail to do that we invite a harsher solution later - providing it's not too late.
Children’s Educational Network, John McCain’s remarks about the Pledge of Allegiance
As part of the change in treatment, the Vietnamese allowed some prisoners to receive packages from home. In some of these packages were handkerchiefs, scarves and other items of clothing.
Mike got himself a bamboo needle. Over a period of a couple of months, he created an American flag and sewed on the inside of his shirt.
Every afternoon, before we had a bowl of soup, we would hang Mike’s shirt on the wall of the cell and say the Pledge of Allegiance.
I know the Pledge of Allegiance may not seem the most important part of our day now, but I can assure you that in that stark cell it was indeed the most important and meaningful event.
One day the Vietnamese searched our cell, as they did periodically, and discovered Mike’s shirt with the flag sewn inside, and removed it.
That evening they returned, opened the door of the cell, and for the benefit of all of us, beat Mike Christian severely for the next couple of hours. Then, they opened the door of the cell and threw him in. We cleaned him up as well as we could.
As I said, we tried to clean up Mike as well as we could. After the excitement died down, I looked in the corner of the room, and sitting there beneath that dim light bulb with a piece of red cloth, another shirt and his bamboo needle, was my friend, Mike Christian. He was sitting there with his eyes almost shut from the beating he had received, making another American flag. He was not making the flag because it made Mike Christian feel better. He was making that flag because he knew how important it was to us to be able to Pledge our allegiance to our flag and country.
So the next time you say the Pledge of Allegiance, you must never forget the sacrifice and courage that thousands of Americans have made to build our nation and promote freedom around the world. You must remember our duty, our honor, and our country.
What can we expect from Oregon Muslims:
NewsMax, 9 Feb 2004, Oregon Muslims Sentenced as Taliban Wannabes
The final three members of a group of Muslim men from the Portland area who tried to enter Afghanistan to join the Taliban were each sentenced to prison time Monday.
They were among six men and one woman accused of conspiring to wage war on the United States.
Palestinian-born Maher Hawash, 39, was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison. Ahmed Bilal, 25, was sentenced to 10 years, and his brother, Muhammed, 23, was sent to prison for eight years.
Hawash, a former Intel software engineer, was the last of the group to be arrested. The Bilal brothers, among the original group of those arrested in October 2002, had pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to help al-Qaida and the Taliban and to firearms charges.