Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Second Graders Sing About Allah: Indiana Allah is God: Indiana Schools Praise Allah?

Danielle Thompson, the principal at Lantern Road Elementary school in Fishers, Indiana wanted to teach students inclusiveness to her students, and so the children in the school sang "Allah is God". When it came to including Christians in the inclusive holiday program, the children sang "I didn't know there was a little boy at the manger. What child is this? I'm not sure if there a little boy or not." The inclusivness at Lantern Road "included no other deity, other than Allah."

Danielle Thompson - Inclusive Principal at Lantern Road Elementary

According to the report, "the phrase was removed just before the performance" after protests. Does that mean "Allah is God" was removed but the mocking of the birth of Christ and the manger was not?
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?
 In email correspondence the school initially defended the reference as a way to be inclusive of all religions. However, once complaints starting rolling in, school leaders decided to eliminate the Allah reference.
That drew the ire of 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.
Here are the lyrics of the praise to Allah:
“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.”
Here are the lyrics for the Christian part of the program:
“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." 
There are 542 little students, in grades Kindergarten through 4th at Lantern Road Elementary. The school's website says they "welcome all parents to take an active role in their child's education. That is just what David Hogan, the parent of a daughter in the second grade, did. She brought the lyrics home and he was stunned to know that his child had been praising Allah. How do you feel about the Islamification of your child, your grandchild, your niece, your nephew, the neighbor next door? Are you as appalled as I?

Christmas is about Christ. Christmas has nothing to do with Islam.

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