Lantern Road Elementary, 2nd Graders Sing To Allah, Islam in the Public Schools

Posted on December 15, 2009. Filed under: A Theology of Patriotism, Contemporary Religion, Education Issues, Islam |

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”

www.bpnews.net/printerfriendly.asp?ID=19738

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!

www.indystar.com/article/20091212/LOCAL/912120364/Fishers-school-adjusts-holiday-show-after-protests

In Fishers, Indiana, at the Lantern Road Elementary School,

www.hse.k12.in.us/lre/

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?

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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.

Equality 7-2521

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6 Responses to “Lantern Road Elementary, 2nd Graders Sing To Allah, Islam in the Public Schools”

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Keeping children in the dark about world religions, like Islam, is ignorant. As a society we should open their minds and teach them not to hate our neighbors. Because America has been plagued with hatred it sends a terrible signal to our children that it is okay to only be friendly to those who believe the same things as we do, not to travel and if people do not look the same as we do then they must want to hurt us. These kids are in second grade! They are in SCHOOL!! This is where they should be learning about other people from other cultures. Furthermore, people who believe in Allah quite possibly could be American citizens. To believe that every Muslim is a radical is like believing that every Christian is a member of the Klan… Our Christmas isn’t the only holiday that falls during the winter season and I respect the fact that this school was trying to set up a manger while singing a song about Allah. Have any of you people heard of Dhu al-Hijjah? Read a book, travel somewhere, meet your neighbors, stop hating people you haven’t even met!!

Eleanor,

First,thank you for a passionate and sincere response.

2nd, I am absolutely opposed to keeping children in the dark about other world religions. There is, however, a very significant difference between teaching a child that muslims call their god Allah, and having them sing a song of praise to Allah which proclaims him to actually be God.

3rd, you seem to have assumed that my political positions stated above equal hate for particular persons, ‘our neighbors’ is how you stated it.I do not hate any person that I know of, but I do absolutely hate Islam. As a Christian I am to hate evil, false gods,sin, etc. Islam is not merely a false religion, it is very likely the most violent and disgusting of all the world’s religions. Have you studied how islam treats women, Eleanor? Islam enslaves, Christ liberates. Love a muslim, share the Gospel with him/her today!

4th, I have been friends with a few muslims and have shared the gospel with them. Believe it or not I even had respectful dialog with them.

5th, I am all for travel. My son just got back from a year in Iraq, a muslim country. Do you want me to tell you of the times he saw muslim women look at the GIs, and wave, only to be beaten by their husbands? Or about the times, plural, that they saw muslim guys having sex with goats and donkeys? I’ve seen the videos. It is not a rare thing over there.

6th, ‘these kids are in second grade’ Precisely! And that is why they should not be taught to sing praises to a false god. In my preaching and teaching I do research and teach about other world religions and compare them to what the Bible says. When I was teaching high school I did a couple of days on the founding, spread and beliefs of islam.

7th, I am aware that there are somewhere between 3 and 7 million muslims in America and that many of them, perhaps most, are US citizens. Have you seen how that is working out in France by the way? Or England? Or Denmark? Or The Netherlands? If I had my way not one more muslim would enter this country.

8th, ‘To believe that every Muslim is a radical is like believing that every Christian is a member of the Klan…’ Your analogy fails and heere’s why: The KKK is in clear violation of many direct teachings of Jesus, the founder of our Christian faith. though they claim to be somewhat Christian, they are living in contradiction to the Bible. I understand racism Eleanor. One of the reasons I was fired from my church was because I invited a friend, a professor, to preach for a week in my church. I seemed to have forgotten that he was black, and that offended many in my congregation. I have paid a steep price for other people’s racism. While you are correct that not every muslm is a terrorist, about 98% of all terrorism in the past 20 yrs has been muslim. Furthermore, the muslim radicals are not operating against the teachings of Mohammad, they are obeying his teachings and example. One key difference between islam and Christianity is that in islam, allah asks you to kill for him, in Christianity, God gave his Son, Jesus, to die for us.

9th, setting up a manger while singing a song to allah is insulting to both religions.

10th, Dhu al-Hijjah refers to the Hajj or pilgrimage that is the 5th pillar of islam. It is celebrated every year to comemmorate Mohammad’s triumphant trip from Medina to Mecca in 632. But this celebration actually has more ancient roots in Arabic paganism. I well remember several Hajj’s because of the muslim tendency to stampede and several hundred people die just about every year. What was your point there?

11th, ‘Read a book’ Eleanor, here is a link to my personal library about islam:

https://mark12ministries.wordpress.com/2009/06/02/books-about-islam-and-muslims-vs-the-west/

I just recently read, and reviewed, Dr. Rodney Stark’s “God’s Battalions” here:
https://mark12ministries.wordpress.com/2009/11/18/gods-battalions-the-case-for-the-crusades-by-rodney-stark-book-review/

It is a very informative book and I suggest you read it.

12th, Again you make an assumption that because I have a different political position than you, I must hate people. Shame on you for being bigoted against a Bible believing, educated, conservative!

In conclusion, I appreciate your response and welcome further dialog with you Eleanor. I have always loved the name Eleanor as I had a favorite aunt by that name and one of my favorite strong women of history, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Louis VII’s wife and a participant in the 2nd Crusade, has that name.

The Qur’an never suggests violence. Thank you for bringing up the crusades. The crusades were wars that were waged for almost 300 years by Christians but never mind what Christians did and said it was for their God. And who are you to say one man in the sky is real and one isn’t. If something means something special to you and something is important to someone else and both special deities promote goodness than how dare you call that bad. Does your God really promote your behavior, your hatred? Mine doesn’t, maybe I’m a different kind of Christian, thank (my) God I wasn’t brought up in your church. You don’t need to list out reasons 1st, 2nd….12th… I stopped reading sir. There are better transition words, if you chose to go back to school, read a book , etc., you might figure a few out. Your use of numbers is redundant.
To your twelfth point, I never mentioned my political view point. You did. In fact if you knew me you might be suprised. I was raised in a well educated conservative family. My parents raised me in the Catholic church and I spent most of my Sundays and Wednesdays in church in a small town in Texas. In my family’s house and in church and we acknowledge how hatred can be not only an action but a reaction. Breaking the cycle and learning about the other person is liberating. That is coming from someone in a small Texas town. I didn’t want to go into politics because people aren’t politics. People aren’t what they see on Fox News. Fox News isn’t real news anyways. You should be ashamed of yourself. Name calling (i.e. calling a person a bigot) is not what an adult should do. you should have probably stuck to you’re 11 points and stopped.

Eleanor,
Again I thank you for your thoughtful response.

You wrote, “The Qur’an never suggests violence.” I am not sure where you got that idea but here are just a few samples from the not so holy Koran that suggest it is a violent religion. If you have ever read anything about Mohammad then you know that the founder of islam was also quite violent.

Qur’an (4:76) – “Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah…”

Qur’an (4:89) – “They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks.”

Qur’an (4:95) – “Not equal are those believers who sit (at home) and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home). Unto all (in Faith) Hath Allah promised good: But those who strive and fight Hath He distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a special reward,-” This passage not only criticizes “peaceful” Muslims who do not join in the violence, but it also demolishes the modern myth that “Jihad” doesn’t mean holy war in the Qur’an, but rather a spiritual struggle. Not only is the Arabic word used in this passage, but it is clearly not referring to anything spiritual, since the physically disabled are given exemption. (The Hadith reveals the context of the passage to be in response to a blind man’s protest that he is unable to engage in Jihad).

Qur’an (4:104) – “And be not weak hearted in pursuit of the enemy; if you suffer pain, then surely they (too) suffer pain as you suffer pain…” Pursuing an injured and retreating enemy is not an act of self-defense.

Qur’an (5:33) – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement”

Qur’an (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” No reasonable person would interpret this to mean a spiritual struggle.

Qur’an (8:15) – “O ye who believe! When ye meet those who disbelieve in battle, turn not your backs to them. (16)Whoso on that day turneth his back to them, unless maneuvering for battle or intent to join a company, he truly hath incurred wrath from Allah, and his habitation will be hell, a hapless journey’s end.”

Qur’an (8:39) – “And fight with them until there is no more persecution and religion should be only for Allah” From the historical context we know that the “persecution” spoken of here was simply the refusal by the Meccans to allow Muhammad to enter their city and perform the Haj. Other Muslims were able to travel there, just not as an armed group, since Muhammad declared war on Mecca prior to his eviction. The Meccans were also acting in defense of their religion, since it was Muhammad’s intention to destroy their idols and establish Islam by force (which he later did). Hence the critical part of this verse is to fight until “religion is only for Allah.”

From:
http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/Quran/023-violence.htm

Historically, islam has been spread by conquest and war. In the New Testament and in the first 300 years of Christianity, the teaching from Christ and the Apostles and the example of the Church was to spread the Gospel by love and preaching.We can say that if a “Christian” resorts to violence to spread the Gospel he is going against the teachings of the New Testament and of Jesus, but if a muslim spreads islam through violence he is being consistent with the koran and Mohammad.

Thanks Eleanor for standing up to bigotry!

And Mr Mark,
You are taking things out of context. If I was to quote the bible and the violence it stores, I could also go on and on. But I will not because I respect other scriptures of religions. Here are some authentic Quran quotes, and if you would like to learn about Islam, please go to why islam.org or islamic city. Don’t learn about islam from hate sites, if you seek hate, you will see it everywhere. .Islam is about peacefully living with every faith Quran 49:13 O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of God is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things)

Quran 3:34 “Say: “O People of the Book! come to common terms as between us and you: That we worship none but God; that we associate no partners with him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than God.”

Quran 3:199 “And there are, certainly, among the People of the Book, those who believe in God, in the revelation to you, and in the revelation to them, bowing in humility to God”

Quran 48:29 “But their description in the Injeel (Gospel) is like a (sown) seed which sends forth its shoot, then makes and do righteous good deeds, forgiveness and a mighty reward (i.e. Paradise).

Quran 7:128 “Said Moses to his people, “Seek help through God and be patient. Indeed, the earth belongs to Allah . He causes to inherit it whom He wills of His servants. And the [best] outcome is for the righteous.””

Quran 7:159 “And among the people of Moses is a community which guides by truth and by it establishes justice.”

Muslims allowed marraige with jews and Christians. Quran 5.5″.their food is lawful for you and your food is lawful for them. And [lawful in marriage are] chaste women from among the believers and chaste women from among those who were given the Scripture before you”

Wow, as an American Muslim I am surprised at your ignorance and hatred. First of all, Allah is only Arabic translation for God. Secondly, you do not have to be Christain to be an American. I don’t know who told you that you have to change your religion to be Americanized. I understand your frustration of taking out Jesus from the play, but as a Muslim going to public school we sang many songs about Christmas and Jesus and had no problem it in. Our parents never complained and respected other religions. School is a place you learn, and I am sure the school is more dedicated to peace and understanding than you ever will be.


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