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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • That's What I Think: Obama goes after the English language

  • Well, we are celebrating our independence this weekend. It started with Independence Day on Friday. Families are having get-togethers and barbecues today and maybe even some fireworks tonight. Sunday, many churches will offer prayers of thanks for the freedom to worship, and some churches will even have “God and country” programs.
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  • Well, we are celebrating our independence this weekend. It started with Independence Day on Friday. Families are having get-togethers and barbecues today and maybe even some fireworks tonight. Sunday, many churches will offer prayers of thanks for the freedom to worship, and some churches will even have “God and country” programs.
    Just in time to be a part of the celebration is the Obama administration’s lawsuit against a Green Bay, Wisconsin, company that requires its workers to speak English on the job. Forcing employees to speak English violates Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Obama’s minions say. They want all of the English-speaking people to stop.
    JudicialWatch.org explained the government’s position this way: “Here’s the twisted explanation from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces the nation’s workplace discrimination laws; the Civil Rights Act protects employees from discrimination based on national origin, which includes the linguistic characteristics of a national origin group. Therefore, according to this reasoning, foreigners have the right to speak their native language even during work hours at an American company that requires English.”
    This should be worrisome news for the news media. All of those national networks are discriminating against their viewers by broadcasting the news in English. The big newspapers like the New York Times, the USA Today and the L.A. Times are discriminating against readers by printing their papers in English.
    I am discriminating against foreign language speakers by writing this column in English only. It may be poorly written English. It may be classified as hillbonics, but it is English only.
    I am unrepentant in my discrimination against the Mexicans who speak only Spanish, and anyone else who speaks only a foreign language and feels left out and discriminated against because they can’t participate in this weekly exercise of wit, intelligence and humor.
    Solve the problem: Learn English. It’s our heritage. It’s one thing we kept after winning the American Revolution.
    This kind of stuff, I mean government poking its nose into private business and private life, seems to be growing. It has been going on my entire lifetime, but it picked up after the Sept. 11, 2001, invasion of America by foreigners.
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    As much as I appreciate this country, I am a little creeped out by God and country services at churches around the Fourth. I don’t like it when churches get too cozy with the government.
    Last Sunday I was at my sister’s church in Republic, and they had a Vacation Bible School commencement. Part of that included the congregational pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.
    Page 2 of 2 - As I recited the pledge, proudly because I love my country as much as you do,  I wondered if Christians pledged allegiance to the flag in Germany back in the 1930s. I wondered if the Russian Christians pledged allegiance to the Soviet flag. There are more Christians in Communist China now than in the United States; I wonder if they meet in church and pledge allegiance to the flag of their nation.
    I have wondered what God thinks of our patriotism. He founded a nation, Israel, so he isn’t opposed to nationalism, I suppose.
    But now he works in the world through church, which I understand is a spiritual kingdom and Jesus Christ is its monarch.
    Those of us who claim to be his followers are supposed to put him first in our lives, not our country, the flag, our congregation or even our families. Jesus is supposed to take first place.
    I have also wondered what God thought of the American Revolution. I pledged allegiance to the Bible, God’s holy word, along with the children last Sunday at the VBS commencement, and that book has passages in it that seem to me to be God warning us against taking up arms against our government, even if it is a tyranny.
    In Romans 13, Paul wrote that everyone should be obedient to the government because governmental power is “ordained by God.” Anyone who resists that governmental power resists Our Great God Almighty Himself, according to Paul.
    “For this reason, pay your taxes to the government officials, for they are God’s ministers,” Paul wrote.
    Our Founding Fathers revolted, resisted and rebelled against King George III (who was supposedly a decent fellow who liked to spend time on his farm, according to one book I read) on the basis of “taxation without representation” and their tax rate wasn’t as high as ours today, I have read.
    I wonder whether the American Revolution was actually scriptural and God-ordained.
    Well, as one modern American recently said about another questionable act, “What difference does it make now?”
    Nothing, I guess, so I have to lay all that aside as I think about the alternatives.
    Because of the Revolution, we have a heritage of freedom, including freedom of worship.
    We can worship Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Others can worship Allah. Others can admire the universe and put their faith in it.
    We have that freedom because of the Founding Fathers and because we have worked to keep that freedom alive.
    I hope we can keep freedom alive in the English language.
    Have a continued Happy Fourth of July weekend! Go to church tomorrow and ask a few questions.

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