official english legislation

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Fri Jun 1 20:19:00 UTC 2001

Since this legistlation is proposed and supported by xenophobes and
racists (with some wiggle room for the truly ignorant), why ask about
"good conscience"?


>At 10:09 AM 6/1/01 -0500, you wrote:
>>FYI, HR 1984, the "English Language Unity Act of 2001," was introduced into
>>the House on May 24. A copy of the bill follows:
>>         The Congress finds and declares the following:
>>                         (2) Throughout the history of the United States, the
>>common thread binding individuals of differing backgrounds has been the
>>English language.
>News to me.
>>         `(a) UNIFORM LANGUAGE TESTING STANDARD- All citizens should be able
>>to read and understand generally the English language text of the
>>Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Laws of the United
>>States made in pursuance of the Constitution.
>Absolutely horrible.
>How can anyone vote for this in good conscience?

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
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