Nashville, the world is literally watching us tomorrow. Consider your vote at the polls today carefully.
The city’s decision on the English Only referendum is at hand, and Nashville has caught the attention of the nation’s media. Media outlets from across the country and the globe are here to cover Nashville’s decision whether or not to become the largest city in this country to make our local government operate only in the English language.
As we have stated in this space many times, our newspaper opposes this referendum and encourages Nashville’s voters to reject it at the polls.
There are many justifications for this stand, and we have made them all before. It will be bad for business and economic development in the city according to the best minds we have on the subject. It sends Metro departments into a confused tailspin as there has been no planning or work put in to determining how this might work. Furthermore, it potentially makes the jobs of police and emergency services personnel that much harder when they try to pursue criminals or save lives.
Setting all of those very valid reasons aside, on election days we should focus on a few essential, more basic aspects to the prospective English Only measure.
Put plainly, this referendum is simply wrong. It is wrong to treat people in our community this way, using the law to ostracize them and make them feel less than welcome in Nashville.
Many of the people pushing this measure, if asked, would also likely tell you this is a nation founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs. We submit this proposed English Only measure plainly does not agree with those beliefs. We are a city populated by churches and places of worship. As a community, we should know that intentionally making a group of people feel unwelcome and apart from our community is simply wrong.
Ask this familiar question: What would Jesus do? He would not vote in favor of English Only.
This referendum also rejects our heritage as Americans. People have traveled the world, left their homelands and journeyed to the shores of this great nation to be a part of what America offers; freedom and a chance to do anything ambition and talent will allow. We are a nation of immigrants, and never in our country’s history have we forced those wanting to be a part of the American Dream to leave their old cultures behind. Our country is richer for this diversity, not worse.
Vote no on English Only today. We are better than this.