Have any of you received an email that goes something like this:
If you are reading this, thank a teacher.
If you are reading this in English, thank a soldier.
While I admire teachers and appreciate soldiers, I am completely offended by the insinuation that we take soldiers away from their families, and possibly to die just to protect our language. Really?
We fight to protect our freedoms and the freedoms of others against tyranny. To promote equality. Not to promote English. Not so say that Americans are better than any other country. I would much rather learn French, Arabic, or Mandarin if I could avoid having hundreds of young men being slain in battle.
And what is with the tide of "English Only" mentality? Are we so forgetful of history to be so intolerant of non-English speakers in America? Are we not all immigrants? Have any of us learned Iroquois, Navajo, or Crow?
Why are we so demanding that the world conform to us? Have you ever heard someone lament, "Oh, I sure wish I never learned to speak Spanish fluently. It has just messed up my life." On the contrary, learning a foreign language enriches our lives. It enlarges our perspective and makes us a more educated and understanding person.
English only? Willing to die for English?
I hope not.