Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Indiana Public School Second Graders Sing About Allah?

From Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs:

Public School Second Graders Sing About Allah? But they can't mention the name of Jesus!!!

This is incredible. Children praying to a religion not their own -- obscene. The laughable quote is that the parents who objected were called "islamophobes" by Shariq Siddiqui of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana. “It’s unfortunate if that was removed from the program just because of Islamophobic feelings.”

If I had been a Christian parent at this school, I would have gone ballistic.
Pamela, I am a CHRISTIAN and I am OUTRAGED.
Advancing colonization.
Second Graders Sing About Allah?A battle over religion is brewing in central Indiana after a public school wanted second graders to sing a song declaring, “Allah is God.” The phrase was removed just before the performance after a national conservative group launched a protest.
The principal of Lantern Road Elementary School in Fishers, IN, said they were trying to teach inclusiveness through their holiday production. It included references to Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Las Posadas and Kwanzaa. However, no other deity, other than Allah, was referenced in the show.
“It went off…without a hitch,” Danielle Thompson told the Indianapolis Star. “Several families thought it was a nice program.”
But others did not – especially David Hogan. His daughter came home with a copy of the lyrics just days before the production. Hogan, a Christian, told the American Family Association, a conservative advocacy group, that he was deeply concerned to learn that his daughter had been singing, “Allah is God.”
Here’s what the children were assigned to sing:
“Allah is God, we recall at dawn,
Praying ‘til night during Ramadan
At this joyful time we pray happiness for you,
Allah be with you all your life through.”

But when it came time to perform the “Christian” part of Christmas, children were assigned to say:
“I didn’t know there was a little boy at the manger. What child is this?
I’m not sure if there was a little boy or not.
Then why did you paint one on your nativity window?
I just thought if there was a little boy, I’d like to know exactly what he (sic) say.

Micah Clark, executive director of the Indiana AFA, launched an Internet protest once he heard about the allegations. “What surprised me here is that we’ve had a secular scrubbing of Christmas for so long and the school apparently didn’t see the problem with kids singing to Allah,” he told FOX News Radio. “You won’t even mention Jesus and you’re going to force my child to sing about Allah?
In email correspondence the school initially defended the reference as a way to be inclusive of all religions. However, once complaints starting rolling in, school leaders decided to eliminate the Allah reference.
That drew the ire of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana. “It’s unfortunate if that was removed from the program just because of Islamophobic feelings,” Shariq Siddiqui told the Indianapolis Star. “Schools are a place where we should learn more about each other rather than exclude each other based on stereotypes and misconceptions.”
But Clark said having children bow and pray is problematic for non-Muslim families. “(This show) affirmed Islam and negated Christianity. I wouldn’t have had a problem if it had been equal to all faiths.”
At least one Christian family approved of the Allah reference. “I’m a Christian and I was in no way offended by the program at Lantern Road,” said Judy Grasso to The Star.
There's a dhimmi in every crowd.

1 comment:

  1. The Death of Christmas, Part II: Christian Complicity

    In “The Death of Christmas, Part I,” I indulged myself with musings on the good old days when Christmastime was, well, Christmastime and not Happy Holidays-time or Wondrous Winter Wonderland-time.

    Public school high school and middle school musicals in those days of yore customarily presented Christmas shows in Decembers back then, reflecting the interests of students and their parental, and grandparental, units.

    That’s a thing of the past, one more tradition tossed under the bus of political correctness and the new secularism sweeping the country.

    And those prime but not exclusive celebrants of Christmas are as responsible as anyone else for this “revolting turn of events,” to quote from an old radio/tv show, “The Life Of Riley.”

    Some of us prefer to carp about the secularization of December 25th and yet do nothing to change things.

    Others, such as audiences at those “Winter Concerts” devoid of any reference to Christmas, applaud politely and listlessly in disappointment at the musical fare presented and they too do diddlyjacksquat to insist the presenters hark back to tradition.

    Nor do most of us object to borderline and cross-borderline sacriligious and merely-inappropriate goings on in our society.

    Those carpers, those all-too-tolerant Christmas celebrants who accept the new status quo, are as complicit in the death of Christmas as the secularists, the mockers, the retailers, and the Obama administration.

    This Christmas season’s latest affronts to Christian beliefs include these “comical” representations of the birth of Jesus Christ attended by a dinosaur and a sultry Mother of God, Mary: http://bit.ly/7Gql29

    All very amusing to secularists, all very blasphemous to practicing Christians who nevertheless tolerate it.

    Further insult to Christian injury was added by the White House’s decision, since rescinded, to do away with the Christmas creche in the White House.

    The reason for the recission seems to have been a rare grassroots objection. Obama is very attuned to grassroots, aka voters.

    It was originally decided by Obama, Rahm Emanuel, and other Obamians to dispense with the traditional display of an eighteenth century creche in the East Room:

    “White House social secretary Desiree Rogers revealed to The New York Times that the Obamas were planning a “non-religious” Christmas for the “people’s house,” on the basis that Christians are responsible for the secularization of our national and religious festivity: http://bit.ly/8S08aL

    Precisely what “people” Rogers had in mind is unclear, considering that Christians in America constitute at least 76% of the population. . .
    (Read the rest at http://www.genelalor.com/blog1/?p=1374)


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