I have two major questions:
Should the Pledge of Allegiance be mandatory in schools? If so...
Do you believe the Pledge of Allegiance should only be recited in English? Why or why not?
Additional Question: Should English become the official language of the U.S.? (At present, we have none.)
The articles that sparked the question (incl. quotes and links) are below.
Michigan GOP Wants Pledge of Allegiance Mandatory in Schools
Michigan Republican State Sen. Roger Kahn has proposed a bill, SB 637, that would make the Pledge of Allegiance mandatory for public school students in Michigan and require schools to purchase a flag for every classroom.
However, the group 'Michigan Atheists' opposes the proposed law. Michigan Atheists director Arlene Marie the told the South Bend Tribune: “The ‘under God’ is far less important to me than the entire sense that requiring the Pledge of Allegiance is just plain wrong.
Marie explained that many of the children would be too young to understand what taking a pledge means, and some religions like Jehovah’s Witnesses forbid followers from citing pledges. “Many children in our public schools are not even citizens of this country,” Marie added. The Supreme Court ruled in 1943 that forcing students to cite the pledge was unconstitutional unless parents were given the opportunity to have the final say on whether their child participates. Members of a state Senate committee added language to the Michigan legislation that would allow parents to opt out.
Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish At California Schools Sparks Heated Debate
For elementary schoolers in California's Lamont School District, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance everyday is a bilingual task, KGET-TV reports. For the city, which is 97 percent Hispanic, doing so has been a tradition since 2002, but not everyone has been happy about it.
Fred Molina, principal of Alicante School, told the station that it's an important way to include all cultures.
"I think you offer a great way for students to feel included, and it's the Pledge of Allegiance, no greater honor than to be able to say the Pledge of Allegiance in a second language," Molina told KGET-TV.
U.S. English, Inc., self-described as:
believes:...the nation's oldest, largest citizens' action group dedicated to preserving the unifying role of the English language in the United States.
Their mission:The Pledge of Allegiance is a symbol of unity amongst our diverse nation, and English is our common language, the thread that holds us all together as Americans. U.S. English encourages all citizens to become fluent in foreign languages, but the Pledge of Allegiance is one act that we believe should be recited solely in English. Reciting the Pledge in any other language undercuts the national identity that the English language creates.
Currently, U.S.ENGLISH is working with members of the House of Representatives and Senate to help pass official English legislation in the 111th Congress.