Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Indiana Second Graders: 'Allah is God'

In an effort to promote 'inclusiveness' at Lantern Road Elementary School in Fishers, Indiana, second graders were given a set of lyrics for the Christmas program that included the phrase "Allah is God."

The program included references to Christmas, Hannukah, Ramadan, Los Posadas, and Kwanzaa, yet the only deity mentioned was allah. Where's the inclusiveness?

The program was slated to have the students performing the following lyrics with regards to Ramadan:

“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 to singing about Christmas, the lyrics changed.

“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.

When complaints from parents started rolling in, the school did make the decision to scrap 'allah' from the lyrics. At least someone in the school district did the right thing in the end. Too bad it took parental pressure to do what's right. It boils down to an all-or-none situation if the program was to mention a deity. After all, this was supposed to promote 'inclusiveness', right?

Shariq Siddiqui of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana, not happy with the change, made the following statement:

“It’s unfortunate if that was removed from the program just because of Islamophobic feelings. Schools are a place where we should learn more about each other rather than exclude each other based on stereotypes and misconceptions.”

I wonder if Mr. Siddiqui had a problem with allah being the only deity mentioned in the program while God and Christ were left out. I assume not.

Micah Clark, of the Indiana American Families Association, said the following:

“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? (This show) affirmed Islam and negated Christianity. I wouldn’t have had a problem if it had been equal to all faiths.”

I wonder where the ACLU was during all of this. My bet is that they were busy protesting a creche or menorrah somewhere.


Ran said...

"Schools are a place where we should learn more about each other rather than exclude each other based on stereotypes and misconceptions."

Yeah, well... To that, I can think of only one religion in which jihad is taught as a righteous means of conquest, part of a core curriculum of pious observance.

I'll stick with western civilization's Ten Commandments, thanks.

blackandgoldfan said...

Me too, Ran. I believe in the saying "Everything I needed to learn about islam I learned on 9/11."

Thank God my daughter's elementary school is one that sings about CHRISTMAS at this time of year. It's so refreshing!

Hope your Hannukah is going well!!! Shalom, my friend.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Fan, I found the ACLU ...


blackandgoldfan said...

Thanks, Odie! Going to check out the little libs!

blackandgoldfan said...

Odie: I forgot about this case. How sad!

One of the first posts I did in June was on this case. Click on my "ACLU" label and scroll down to the June 12 post.

Teresa said...

The ACLU is worthless. This is utterly ridiculous that the schools would force the children to say, God is Allah. I can't stand how there is political correctness, and how it aids Islam in its promotion of Jihadists.

I'll stick with the Ten Commandments, too.

Ran said...

Hey BGF - many thanks! Five candles tonight.

Amusing Bunni said...

Jesus is the reason for the season!

I'm glad you liked my christmas cheer, we need it, obviously, with all this crap.

Snarky Basterd said...

"Everything I needed to learn about islam I learned on 9/11."

That's good enough for me, B&G.