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Nationalism Comes for the Archbishop

2:28 PM, Mar 12, 2008 • By JAIME SNEIDER
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I may be a tongue-tied American who would have taken up arms against the lobsterbacks had I been born in the 18th century, but I for one welcome Lord Goldsmith's proposal to make British school kids pledge allegiance to the Queen at school assemblies. Certainly nationalism is preferable to the distressing displays of multiculturalism that have proliferated in England. Consider this recent episode:

Teachers at a primary school have been ordered to dress up as Muslims to promote multi-culturalism.

The West Midlands school is belatedly celebrating the Muslim festival of Eid and told its pupils and teachers to don traditional Muslim dress for the day.

All 257 pupils, most of whom are Christians, and 41 teachers--two of whom are Muslims--dressed up.

Although I would be shocked, shocked to learn that teachers do not dress up for Purim and students do not eat lunch in a sukkah during Sukkot, there is still a matter of instilling some national identity in today's youth. To his credit, Prime Minister Gordon Brown solicited Lord Goldsmith's report on how to "promote the meaning and significance of citizenship within modern Britain." Not a bad idea given the Archbishop of Canterbury's recent comments about sharia in the UK.