Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Allah But No Jesus In Indiana School Holiday Show

Children at Lantern Road Elementary School in central Indiana were set to sing "Allah is God", in their 'all-inclusive' holiday production, until the reference was removed after much hoopla. What Christians took offense to was the fact that "Allah" was the only deity mentioned throughout the programme. So some parents, with the help of American Family Association (AFA), lobbied for its removal. This, naturally, offended 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.”

Siddiqi's anger would be totally justified if the school had altogether removed the Muslim section of the show- which included Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas and Ramadan- which it did not. And I think no-one would have had any problems with a song mentioning 'Allah', if they had mentioned 'Jesus' during the Christmas portion of the programme, which they did not.

The principal of the school stated that the holiday production was a means of teaching inclusiveness to the children, which is a wonderful concept, as long as you are being inclusive. I have no problem with inclusiveness. Celebrating and learning about other people's cultures and religions teaches us respect and tolerance of others. But singing:
"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.”
and then

“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.”

That's not quite equitable. Micah Clarke of the Indiana AFA had this to say of the inequity

“(This show) affirmed Islam and negated Christianity. I wouldn’t have had a problem if it had been equal to all faiths.”
Which is what it all boils down to. Had there been any mention of Jesus which is what Christmas is all about, I don't think there would have been any problems.


LovebeatsWar said...

What is your point? "COEXIST". How can we as a society coexist if people like you, fox news, and glenn beck silently incite hate with sly "islamophobic" comments. I understand what you mean in this post but some of your other posts have anti-islamic tones. I am not muslim myself but I sympathize with the Islamic community because of the strong discrimination they endure daily.

Incognito said...

What is my point? Simple. Let *everyone* worship as they please.. however, coexistence does NOT seem to be part of the Muslim vernacular. Do some research and you will see the Truth behind the religion as it is today. They don't endure discrimination because most people pander to their every whim. Do you think it's right that Muslim taxi drivers at the Mpls airport refuse to take blind passengers because of their seeing eye dogs? Or that Christians and other minority religions in Muslim majority countries endure persecution and even death? The new wave of radical Islam wants to take the world back into the dark ages, I refuse to be dragged back with it. If you don't believe me, check out and all the other radical websites that are generated in this country and the U.K. and elsewhere. They are very open about their agenda.. a global Islamic caliphate... with Shariah Law superceding common law around the world. And it seems that many are becoming even more fundamentalist. Again, go google.. I will stop being critical as soon as they stop trying to force their religion on me.
They piss and moan about minarets being banned (even though it wasn't their religion) in Switzerland, and yet they don't allow churches to be built in Saudi Arabia. It's the height of hypocrisy.

And google al taqiya.

Open your eyes my friend.

WomanHonorThyself said...

long time no see girl! happy holidays hun!!

Incognito said...

Thanks my dear! You too!