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Nashville Councilman Champions ‘English Only’ Law

By Hatewatch Staff on December 9, 2008 - 7:54 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Metro Council member Eric Crafton rolled out his English Only law by invoking the fall of the Roman Empire, which he said was “overrun with illegal immigrants…who at first worked as servants but then came so fast they did not learn the Latin language or the Roman form of government.”
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  • kaythegardener

    Gee, I thought that the main thing that brought about the fall of the Roman Empire was its internal greed, corruption & ruthless internal jockeying for the power to rule as Emperor. Its rules sought to drain the riches of their world only for themselves, with never a thought for what they could contribute to it.
    The barbarians, fleeing from extermination by other tribes at THEIR backs, merely took advantage of the distractions of this stupid shortsightedness.

  • Ishmael Rodriguez

    hey maybe you scrubs should learn to speak english sometime soon. it’s spelt “backwards” and “bilingual” is one words idiotfaces.
    Ishmael Douchingsworth

  • George Haley

    Mr. Whitson, if the English Only proposition is so passive, why is Dr. John Tanton of Virginia reportedly funding it to the tune of $300,000?

    Also the following quote is attributed to Dr. Stanton. “I’ve come to the point of view that for European-American society and culture to persist requires a European-American majority, and a clear one at that,” Tanton wrote.

    You say “There is nothing evil or racist about this proposal. What IS evil and racist is the fear mongering and outright lying from those on the left.”

    I find it impossible to believe you or your associates.

  • Fundit

    The services this measure is proposing to deny are not even offered in the first place. English is already the official language in Tennessee. This election is a waste of tax payers hard earned dollars and sends the wrong message about our city.

  • David Whitson

    First and foremost, the “English First” bill was passed by the Council of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County just last year. But our mayor at that time vetoed the bill.

    The current proposal merely states that English shall be the official language of the Metro government and that the government (Metro Nashville taxpayers) will not be required to pay for interpreters or special printing for those doing general government business. The bill DOES allow the Metro Council the opportunity to establish funding for the services of interpreters and printing in other languages in matters of health and safety (police, fire, medical, OEM, etc).

    The exact wording is as follows:
    “English is the official language of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee. Official actions which bind or commit the government shall be taken only in the English language, and all official government communications and publications shall be in English. No person shall have a right to government services in any other language. All meetings of the Metro Council, Boards, and Commissions of the Metropolitan Government shall be conducted in English. The Metro Council may make specific exceptions to protect public health and safety. Nothing in this measure shall be interpreted to conflict with federal or state law.”

    The proposal does NOT restrict anyone from speaking or writing in any language they choose. And everyone is free to bring their own interpreters if they need to conduct general business with the government.

    There is nothing evil or racist about this proposal. What IS evil and racist is the fear mongering and outright lying from those on the left.

  • GENO

    ‘As I recall there are several Native American groups based in TN, so they can’t use their own languages in their courts???”

    What “groups” are you “recalling” again? I know the names of the federally recognized tribes that are in TN, but not their “groups”, perhaps can you name one so that I can check it out?
    Also, most “tribal” members are English speakers for the most part and English is spoken in tribal courts because their are those that never had the chance to learn their native linguistic stock, mostly younger people, due to the White Man`s linguicide/ethnocidal campaign of “Manifest Destiny” by eradicating the culture of an entire group of people. Nowadays, Native Americans are English speakers but many traditional natives tend to speak in their native language on the rez or in their homes. But in Tribal Courts English is spoken primarily.

  • L.A. Wab

    To Babbette:

    Here in Los Angeles, everything from French, Spanish, Italian, Persian, and ebonics is spoken here. LA hasn’t fallen to ruins. We like variety. Sorry you don’t.

    As far as the TOB, it was GOD himself who gave the people multiple languages to confuse the people, to humble them, maybe. Get your facts right.

    To Fred:

    Who do you think buys pharmaceuticals in bulk for cheap? White people. Near the border, Mexicans will do anything for your business. Nice try.

  • kaythegardener

    As I recall, there are several Native American groups based in TN, so can’t they use their tribal languages in their tribal courts???
    If the medical doctors & pharmacists eg, can’t give medical directions in the non-English languages of their patients, then that could be a life-endangering risk for them & others…
    Did this legislator also appropriate money to fund adult ESL classes???
    Monolingualism is a two-edged sword…

  • Fred

    Do they bend over back words in Mexico to do everything Bi lingual! Hell No they don’t,so why in the hell should we?

  • Babette

    How dare they criticize him for English only!?!!! Not only in near histroy but as far back as the tower of Babel the perils of speaking different languages have been shown! There is NOTHING hateful about it! Oh yeah, I see ya’ll is working for the corrupt employers of illegal aliens. Only THEY would not want their slave-wage empolyees learning English lest they find out how ill-treated and against the law they are and SUE them! ENGLISH ONLY in America!