Boston school recites Muslim poem instead of Pledge of Allegiance on anniversary of 9/11

Boston school recites Muslim poem instead of Pledge of Allegiance on anniversary of 9/11

What's that flag doing in this picture of students pledging their allegiance to Allah?
What’s that flag doing in this picture of American students pledging their allegiance to Allah?

The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away. Maybe the problem facing the 10-year-old in Tennessee who was not permitted in an assignment to identify God as her idol is that she chose the wrong god. Or maybe she was just in the wrong place.

The “right” place was a school in Boston at which a Muslim poem was read over the public address system instead of the Pledge of Allegiance. The time — the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9/11 — was also evidently “right.”

From Business Insider:

The principal of Concord Carlisle High School, Peter Badalament issued an apology and said that a ‘small number’ of people were outraged at the poem, which was meant to promote ‘cross-cultural understanding’.

The Washington Times reports that the Pledge was not read because of confusion. In a statement Principal Badalament explained:

Yesterday was the first Wednesday of the school year; we were unaware that our student Pledge reader had an internship commitment on this day. This was our responsibility to know. We humbly apologize that this oversight and communication gap occurred.

Kinda makes sense. The kid who is supposed to recite the Pledge has a prior commitment, so to fill the void created by the silence, the school does the next best thing: It has someone read aloud a poem commemorating the religion in whose name the attacks that killed 3,000 American civilians were waged.

The poem, in case you’re wondering, was Mohja Kahf’s “My Grandmother Washes Her Feet in the Sink of the Bathroom at Sears,” which chronicles the plight Muslims face practicing their religion here in the land of infidels.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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