85% of the countries on this planet have an official language. About 90% of Americans (including the majority of Spanish speaking immigrants) want English to be America's official language. France has an official language, Germany has official language, Mexico has an official language. But for some reason it is only xenophobic, jingoistic etc. for America to choose an official language. Why? Why is senator Gravel the only one on this panel with enough sense to raise his hand? FYI, John McCain has pushed for English as the official language, it was tied in to the immigration reform bill.
English is the official language of: Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon (along with French), Canada, of course (along with French), the Cook Islands, Dominica, Fiji (along with Fijian), Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Hong Kong (along with Chinese), India (along with several native tongues, Ireland (along with Gaelic), Kenya (along with a native tongue), Kiribati (along with I-Kiribati), Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar (along with French and a local tongue, Malta (along with Maltese), Mauritius, Micronesia, Namibia, New Zealand (along with two native languages), Nigeria, Pakistan (along with Urdu), Philippines (along with Filipino), Puerto Rico (along with Spanish), Rwanda (along with French and a local language), Saint Lucia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore (along with Tamil, Malay and Mandarin), Solomon Islands, Swaziland (along with a local language), Tanzania (along with Swahili and another local language), Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Zambia and even Zimbabwe.
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