There has been a bit of hubbub about a Spanish translation of the Star Spangled Banner. It’s the perfect issue, really. Lots of emotion over a symbol. Everybody can easily have an opinion. No real knowledge is necessary. So, I have one of those easily held opinions.
What’s the big deal? It does no violence to the original, English version to have a Spanish version out there any more than it does violence to the Bible to have English translations of it. A fixation on maintaining the Star Spangled Banner in its original English strikes me as analogous to the insistence by (some?) Muslims that the Koran is valuable only in its original Arabic. I make no arguments about the validity of that belief for the Koran, but for the Star Spangled Banner, it’s primarily the ideas expressed that matter, not the language of expression.