Lantern Road Elementary, 2nd Graders Sing To Allah, Islam in the Public Schools
In an age where some schools are even disallowing red and green (i.e., Christmas Colors, non-religious) paper plates and plastic ware at “Winter Holiday Parties”
and Christmas carols are being banned, to have second graders at a school perform a “Holiday Program” that includes a song praising Allah is OUTRAGEOUS!
In Fishers, Indiana, at the Lantern Road Elementary School,
Principal Danielle Thompson defended the program that included things from Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Las Posadas, and Kwanzaa. While only a few local parents protested the inclusion of a song about Allah, the word got out to the American Family Association and a national campaign developed to stop the song in praise of Allah.
“School officials removed a phrase saying “Allah is God” after the American Family Association launched a protest of the program on its electronic newsletter.The change was made, Thompson said, because no other deities were directly named in the program.”
At Pamela Gellers’ website, Atlasshrugs, some of the words to the program that the children were to sing are included:
“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?
The first problem here is the desire to be “inclusive”. This modern innovation in our society and education system is inherently self loathing and destructive, although it sounds nice. Historically, America has been a “melting pot” that has rightfully welcomed immigrants. However, the goal has always been (until recently) to have E Pluribus Unum, Out of Many- One. The goal is to make Americans not to have a thousand different little cultures perfectly preserved, included, and respected.
We should be inclusive in the sense that, wherever you come from, whatever your past, you are welcome to come to America to start afresh. But starting afresh means you are willing to become Americanized. You learn our religion (Christianity), you learn our language (English) and you learn our culture.
Modern day inclusiveness directly implies that all cultures are equal and are of equal value and truth. It teaches that we cannot judge other cultures as inferior and we must respect everyone’s culture, religion, etc. It teaches that it would be wrong to make immigrants change their ways when they come here. This belief is not only wrong, it is dangerous.
What makes a nation is three things: 1) a geographic border; 2) a language; and, 3) a common worldview (based upon core beliefs, most frequently religion).
Christmas is about as American as you can get. As a Christian, and former Baptist Pastor, I know that Christmas is itself a melting pot of a tiny bit of biblical Christianity, a dash of paganism, a lot of Roman Catholicism, some folk lore from Germany, England and America, and a lot of American entrepreneurial spirit. The early Puritans who founded New England tended to stay away from Christmas as too Popish.
But Christmas is THE BIGGEST HOLIDAY IN AMERICA. Christmas is inherently about Christ, hence the name, and any attempt to put it on an equal footing with Hanukkah, Kwanzaa (a totally made up, non- African holiday) and Ramadan is just plain wrong. Now I can respect Hanukkah and celebrate it because Christianity and Judaism are somewhat intertwined and the Jews are a wonderful people and culture that have contributed immensely to Western Civilization.
But should a public school try to celebrate and link all these different religions in one holiday celebration in the name of Inclusiveness or Diversity? NO!
The SECOND problem with Lantern Road Elementary’s celebration is that they FAVORED Allah over Jesus. Allah was proclaimed as being God, but Jesus was left out of Christmas entirely and the song even cast doubts on the nativity. In the last 50 years there has been a steady war against Christianity in the public schools, but now we are seeing a deliberate attempt to teach islam in the schools, to favor islam and give muslims special rights.
Does Ms. Danielle Thompson even know that in most muslim societies she would be given the lash for how she dresses and for being a woman out in public and daring to teach girls in a school? I don’t think so.
The one quote in the article that stands out as being the most nonsense is this:
But one state Muslim leader said the school’s decision to remove the word Allah was far from inclusive.”It’s unfortunate if that was removed from the program just because of Islamophobic feelings,” said Shariq Siddiqui, executive director of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana. “Schools are a place where we should learn more about each other rather than exclude each other based on stereotypes and misconceptions.”
Please point out how inclusive and ready to learn about other religions the schools in Islamic countries are? Wherever Islam goes, oppression and ignorance follow. Do you really think that if muslims were the overwhelming majority in this school district, and were allowed to practice sharia law, that they would allow Hanukkah or Christmas to be celebrated equally with Ramadan?
The last problem in this story I want to address is this quote:
In the week before the program, the principal said, about 30 people called with concerns — and only four of the complaints came from local families. Thompson said many callers were appeased when they heard the program’s purpose and scope.
Only 4 local families called to complain? This is either a complete lie or, what I fear, it shows complete dhimmitude and apathy. People don’t know and they don’t care to know what Islam is really like. We have grown complacent and sheeplike, afraid to speak out.
I am convinced that we must eventually address the “free exercise and establishment clauses” of the First Amendment in light of Islam. This is dangerous territory for a secular state can then slap restrictions on all religions. But the problem is that Islam is spreading aggressively in the West and in America now as well. They have learned to “game our system”. Their goal is not an equal playing field, it is total dominance.
They have been at war with us, we are not yet at war with them.