According to the American Family Association’s radio host, Bryan Fischer, more bilingual young people are “God’s judgement,” and as a result, we’re on the road to no longer be “one nation under God.”
I’m reminded of a joke:
What do you call person who speaks two languages? Answer: Bilingual.
What do you call a person who speaks more than two languages? Answer: Multilingual.
What do you call a person who speaks only one language? Answer: White American.
During his show, Fischer said that he believed “linguistic isolation” is “God’s judgement” settling “on this land.” he added that “If you’re gonna carry out any kind of project together, you’ve got to speak the same language. Otherwise you can’t communicate. You can’t even examine the same set of plans. You can’t even evaluate a mission statement unless you’re talking the same language.”
So? Learn the language. I’ve spent the last three years doing just that; I started with Portuguese, and while I was learning Portuguese, I took it on myself to start studying Spanish (don’t ever do this, by the way; these two are just similar enough to confuse everything if you’re a beginner). French made a whole lot of sense after studying Portuguese, too. Along the way, I’ve picked up vocabularies in and/or exposure to a massive list of well over 100 languages, including Greek, Arabic, Czech, Indonesian, and German.
I’m proud to be responsible for the wrath of his God. Bring it; whatever language his God throws at me, I’m ready for it.
I have zero empathy for Fischer and his #WhiteAmericanProblems, but we knew that going in.
So just what put the bee in Fischer’s bonnet? A report that said more than 50% of Los Angeles residents between the ages of 18 and 34 speak some language other than English in their homes, while speaking English outside of it.
Yeah, I have no idea what Fischer and the Language Police are going on about, either. So what? I’d prefer to hear them speak it outside of the home, too. I live in a state where Arabic is one of the largest languages, and if you look at my list, Arabic is one of the languages on it. However, I have a hard time hearing it spoken, because so many speakers use English when they’re out in public.
Fischer is probably one of those people who hears someone talking on the phone in a foreign language and imagines they’re plotting world domination or something.
Fischer complained that we were “losing the ability to talk to each other” and that “We’re losing the ability to communicate with each other. And this means that we’re on the road to no longer being one nation under God, indivisible. No longer one nation, no longer indivisible, and in many ways no longer under God.”
Be afraid! Be very afraid! They’re coming for your guns, your Bible, and now your English language!
Fischer said that people speaking more than one language was causing the United States to fracture into “subcultures,” because they never existed before now. He continued his melodramatic lamenting, saying that “We’re no longer a melting pot. We’re now a word salad.”
Well, maybe we should trust Fischer here. He knows all about word salad.