September 21, 2015

WATCH State Representative Darryl Metcalfe cut the microphone on Pennsylvania's first Latino Representative Leslie Acosta on questioning a bill that would make English the official language of Pennsylvania.

Posted by Raging Chicken Press on Monday, September 21, 2015

So extreme right-wingers get to push their English-only agenda, and elected representatives go along with it -- "to save money." Right. Via Raging Chicken Press:

Earlier today, State Representative Leslie Acosta had her microphone cut off during a House State Government Committee hearing on a bill that would make English the official language of Pennsylvania. The disruption occurred early in the hearing when Robert Vandervoot, documented white nationalist, was testifying. Representative Acosta was making a statement and questioning the motivations behind this bill, and she started her statement in Spanish, which did little to please State Representative Darryl Metcalfe.

As reported earlier, this bill was authored by State Representative Ryan Warner and it is aimed to help the state save money by making English the official language on all government documents. There are some exceptions.

Let's talk a little more about Robert Vandervoot, shall we?

One of the speakers that Representative Darryl Metcalfe’s committee invited was once president with long running ties to a white nationalist organization. The Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights points out that Robert Vandervoot was “the organizer of the white nationalist group, Chicagoland Friends of American Renaissance, while he lived in Illinois” and “while he was in charge, Chicagoland Friends of American Renaissance often held joint meetings with the local chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens.” The IREHR points out that Vandervoot’s ties with these organizations got back to 2003 when he started writing about his “admiration for the white nationalist group American Renaissance and its leader Jared Taylor.”

Shockingly, Robert Vandervoot is not the only person at ProEnglish who harbors white nationalist views. Phil Kent, who sits on the board, was caught calling multiculturalism a “virus that has been injected into our system, is destroying what we call the quote-unquote ‘United States of America.”

When House Bill 1506 was introduced, State Representative Ryan Warner claimed that the bill was necessary because “if our budget impasse has taught us anything, it is that we must continue to look for every opportunity to cut wasteful government spending” and “the role of government should be to encourage residents to learn English for their own benefit, not to use taxpayer dollars to support continual translation.”

State Representative Leslie Acosta explains what just occurred in the House State Government Committee that held a hearing on making English the official language of Pennsylvania

Posted by Raging Chicken Press on Monday, September 21, 2015

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