Thursday, September 15, 2011

Without English as the official language, the terrorists win

I just noticed another nugget from yesterday's House State Government Committee hearing on making English the official language of Pennsylvania, thanks to an ally who pointed it out.

In his opening remarks, Rep. Scott Perry, who is the primary sponsor of HB 888, said this:
From a state security viewpoint, the common acceptance of alternate languages allows individuals adept at them to hide in plain sight and communicate freely while avoiding detection or suspicion.

That's right. If English doesn't become the official language of Pennsylvania, terrorists will plan their attacks while sitting in Rittenhouse Square, speaking a foreign language and surrounded by street musicians and Cliff Lee playing wiffle ball with his kids.

Honestly, you cannot make this stuff up.

I like the George Lopez line: "We speak English. We speak Spanish because we don't want to talk to you."

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Blogger Carl Peridier said...

Unbelievable! Guess we should also ban people speaking Pennsylvania Dutch!

3:32 PM  
Blogger Jon Geeting said...

Guess they didn't call any linguists to testify. If they did, they would have heard that it is the official position of the Linguistics profession that English Only laws don't do a damn thing to increase English proficiency.

4:33 PM  

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