> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of MacLeod Dave > > If another auxlang becomes that popular then the U.S. would need to > > rethink its language policy to align itself with the rest of the > > globe. That isn't a reality, nor is even likely. What we do have > > are floods of immigrants coming here expecting us to bend over > > backwards for them when they are the ones that should be working to > > assimilate. > > It happens in other countries quite a bit. Tatars in Russia for > example haven't been able to write their own language in Latin letters > due to laws that require it to be written in Cyrillic. > > http://www.cdi.org/russia/johnson/2007-60.cfm > > Silly court battles like this are an expensive waste of time. The case > could be made for making English an official language, but it would be > a big kerfuffle like the "learn English or get out" rule the LPGA > tried to impose but gave up on after a storm of negative publicity. > Better would be for people to recognize that in most cases immigrants > *want* to speak English well and don't want to be pandered to. You're right that is a silly law and a silly waste of legal resources to tell individuals how they can and can not write their language. The LPGA is a private concern not a government entity, and as such needs to make their own policies to serve their own purposes. The idea of establishing English is for official government use, which would include the public school system and other institutions supported by tax money. What private individuals or non-government organizations do is their own affair.