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:
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.
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.