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Friday, October 05, 2007

Ignorance Is Weakness - Know The Truth
Self-Inflicted Ignorance Is Suicide

The Violent Oppression of Women in Islam
By Robert Spencer and Phyllis Chesler | 10/5/2007
The booklet that you are about to read details some of the principal ways in which women suffer in the Islamic world - often with religious and cultural sanction. Many of these crimes against women, such as wife-beating, are ordained by the Qur'an itself; others, such as female genital mutilation and honor killing, are praised by Islamic clerics and hallowed by Islamic culture. That feminists in the West remain silent about this deeply ingrained and institutionalized mistreatment of women, and even ally with groups that have devoted themselves to the spread of Islamic law that justifies this mistreatment, is one of the unconscionable scandals of our time.
This article is a segment of a series being run as part of our nation-wide campus effort, Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, which will be held on 200 university and college campuses on October 22-26. Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week is a national effort to focus on all the victims of Islamo-Fascist Jihad -- as well as to counter the lies of the academic Left, which seeks to deny the evil, and even the very existence, of our enemy in this terror war. In this way, Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week hopes to educate American students and to enable them to rally to defend their country.

In terms of the booklet of our subject today, its cover is a still photograph that epitomizes Islamic oppression of women, and
it has come to also epitomize the Western feminist non-response to it. The picture comes from a Dutch film called De Steen (The Stone), directed by Mahnaz Tamizi, and features the actress Smadar Monsinos. The Stone dramatizes the barbaric treatment of women in Islamic countries. It accurately depicts the reality of Islamic Sharia law regarding adultery: when a couple is caught in adultery, the man is jailed while the woman is stoned to death.
It is a telling indication of the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the Left that it has fastened upon our use of this picture to try to discredit Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, since the photo does not depict an actual event - as if women weren't being stoned to death under Sharia law in Iran and some other Muslim countries today. In reality, eight women are currently in prison in Iran awaiting death by stoning for the crime of adultery. A mother was sentenced to be stoned to death in Iran for adultery just last week. It is typical of the Left to try to cast opprobrium not upon those responsible for these harsh realities, but upon us who are trying to draw attention to them in the name of human rights.
It may have seemed inconceivable that feminists and their allies would defend those who bury women in the earth and kill them by throwing large stones at them, but that is the ultimate thrust of the Left's outcry against our use of this picture and against Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week in general. Such are the ironies of our troubled age.
In this booklet are realities that should be of paramount concern not just for feminists in the West and their allies on the Left, but of all those who are concerned with the universality of human rights and the dignity of every human being.
To read this booklet, click here.

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

No to democracy

Posted: April 24, 2003
1:00 a.m. Eastern

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I heard a reporter on a cable news network say "everyone" is hoping democracy takes hold in Iraq.

Not me.

I don't want democracy in Iraq. And I sure don't want it here in the United States.

Why is it that so many Americans think democracy is the best form of government? Why is it that so many Americans believe we live in a democracy? Why is it that democracy, once regarded as a terrible form of government, is now elevated to the status of an ideal?

It must be the profound failure of the education system and media in America.

On Sept. 18, 1787, after Benjamin Franklin signed the Constitution in Philadelphia, a woman reportedly asked him: "Well, doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?"

To which Franklin replied: "A republic, if you can keep it."

Whether or not we can keep it is still an open question. But we have no chance to maintain a free republic – or to re-establish one in this country – if we the people do not even understand the objective.

It's a republic we want for Iraq. It's a republic we want for the United States. It's a republic we should want for all freedom-loving people around the world.

Democracy destroys freedom. It always has and it always will. It was the death-knell of Athens, as Plato himself noted.

"Democracy," he said, "passes into despotism."

He called democracy "a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike. We know her well. ... In what manner does tyranny arise? – that it has democratic origins is evident. ... And does not tyranny spring from democracy in the same manner as democracy from oligarchy?"

While our Constitution and Declaration of Independence and other founding documents never mention the word "democracy," there is a popular misconception today that we live in one. And that misperception – that ignorance – is as dangerous to the health of our republic as it would be if our founders had made the tragic mistake of creating a democracy.

Democracy means the majority rules. That was never the intent of our founders. They believed in the rule of law, not the rule of men. They understood that because of the fallen state of man, he would inevitably vote himself into slavery and tyranny if provided the tools.

Instead, as Franklin points out, they created a republic – one with checks and balances built in, with a Constitution, with a federal government of limited power and scope, a system in which the individual's unalienable rights were recognized and protected, a representative form of government, not one based on direct vote of the populace.

Why don't democracies work?

Because it is merely a temporary state. It can only function until a majority of voters discover they can vote themselves money and other goodies from the public treasury. At that point, the majority votes for candidates who promise the most benefits to them and the economy collapses because of increased taxation and spending.

That pattern is always followed by dictatorship. Always.

What is the difference between a democracy and a republic?

In a democracy, the majority can pretty much do whatever it wants. They can change laws, they can decide to oppress and exploit certain people. The ultimate authority is the will of the people – no matter how misguided and shortsighted it might be. In a republic, the rule is by law. There are limitations explicitly placed on what government can and cannot do – no matter how popular the decisions might be.

It wasn't that long ago that most Americans understood these issues. In 1928, for example, the U.S. Army published training Manual 2000-25 for its officers. Here are some two definitions included in it:

  • "DEMOCRACY: A government of masses. Authority derived through mass meeting or any other kind of "direct" expression. Results in mobocracy. Attitude toward property is communistic – negating property rights. Attitude toward law is that the majority shall regulate, whether it be based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice or impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences. Results in demagoguism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy."
  • "REPUBLIC: Authority is derived through the election by the people of public officials best fitted to represent them. Attitude toward property is respect for laws and individual rights, and a sensible economic procedure. Attitude toward law is the administration of justice in accord with fixed principles and established evidence, with a strict regard for consequences. A great number of citizens and extent of territory may be brought within its compass. Avoids the dangerous extreme of either tyranny or mobocracy. Results in statesmanship, liberty, reason, justice, contentment, and progress."

Remarkable clarity of thought. I vote for a republic – in Iraq and in the United States, thank you.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

"Perish in your rage O filthy disbelievers!"

Islamic website:

And the Media Jihaad will continue to be waged by inshallahshaheedOctober 1, 2007

Posted by inshallah


Just as the enemies of Islaam thought inshallahshaheed would come to an end, we revived the media Jihaad by the will and permission of Allah, Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala, once again. Indeed this is a great favor and blessing from Him as this would make it the 3rd revival of inshallahshaheed. They can attack us 100 times if they want; in the end, they will see us coming from many different positions to continue the media Jihaad of speaking the truth. So let them bite their nails in frustration. We say to them: Perish in your rage O filthy disbelievers!

The enemies of Islaam - including those from amongst the Muslims - can’t stand our preaching of the Qur’aan and Sunnah and the reality on the ground in the major battlefields of the world. They will continue to plot and plan, and so does Allah, and He, Ta’aala, is the greatest of plotters and planners.

So spread the good news to the brothers and sisters.

And by the way, a message to all disbelievers from the bloggers of inshallahshaheed: It is time for all of you to get a new Religion. If you are a Christian or Jew, then admit that your book has too many contradictions. Stop wasting your time trying to figure us and the Mujaahideen out; rather, figure out what will happen to you after your death and muse upon this point subtly.

You will stand accountable in front of the Lord of all the worlds, the King of all the Kings, the Creator of all Creators, the one and only true God, Allah. He knows what you say and do, and He knows your innermost secrets which you hide from the people with shame.

Come to the Religion where if you intend to do a good deed but don’t do it, you are rewarded with many deeds on your scale. And if you intend a good deed and do it, then it can reach anywhere between 10 to 700 times in reward; and if Allah wills, His Mercy can go beyond that. And if you intend to do a bad deed, but don’t do it, you get rewarded heavily from the All-Merciful. And if you intend to do a bad deed and do it, then it is written as only one bad deed. But none of this is possible whilst you persist in your disbelief of Islaam.

And no, Jesus (peace be upon him) did not die for your sins. Assuming if he did, then it is safe to say that Hitler went to Paradise, if he was a Christian. In our Religion - the Religion of Justice and Common Sense - every being is accountable for their own sins and nobody carries the burden of any other. Therefore, it is Christianity which has destroyed today’s society in America. It was Christianity that allowed its Priests to sexual assault young boys since Jesus supposedly died for their sins. It was Christianity that allowed Bush to murder thousands upon thousands of innocent lives in ‘Iraaq, and Afghanistan

since Jesus supposedly died for his sins. It was Christianity that allowed the American society to sway towards evil deeds - such as theft, murder, rape, abortion, drug use, alcohol use, etc. - since Jesus supposedly died for everyones sins! Shame on you, O leaders of the Christian Religion! Shame on all the faithful followers of Christianity! In the noble Religion of Islaam, we have a practical concept called al-Walaa’ wal Baraa’ah which is to love for the sake of Allah, to hate for the sake of Allah, and to therefore act upon it by enjoining the right and eradicating the evil.

So come, O disbelievers in the truth, come to the Religion of Islaam! On the Day of Judgment - the day where the hair of a child would turn gray because of the great fear - you will receive a book. And what will tell you what this book is? It is the book of accounts. You will open it and say to yourself, “Unbelievable! In this book is written down deeds of mines - both good and bad - that are so minute that I had never imagined…” And this is because the Angel on your left shoulder writes down your bad deeds whereas the one on your right shoulder writes down all your good deeds.

So come to the Religion where Allah does not distinguish between a fat and thin person, between a black and white person, between a tall and short person, between a man and a woman, except in piety. We, the Muslims, desire to live in a society of Godliness, justice and piety and not one of corruption, cheating, dirty politics, economic destruction based on interest and usury, shamelessness, blasphemy in the name of freedom of speech and a cowardly military led by a government full of crooks. So we call you to the opposite of what Bush and his cronies call you to; we call you to Islaam. Democracy has failed mankind because of its loopholes (like their Bibles and Torah’s), and Islaam - O what a Religion - when it only needs the proper men!

So it is time for you, O Disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah, to come to Islaam before death overtakes you and strikes you when you least expect it. Every soul will taste death. Convert to Islaam, or face the eternal punishment in the fire where Allah will replace your burnt skin, over and over again, in order for you to feel the pain… the pain of failing to realize the reality of this world that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad is His last Messenger. Don’t allow yourself to become like those losers who will say to Allah, “Now we see and know the truth! Woe to us! Only if You, O Lord, put us back into the earth so that we may live as Muslims…” when Allah will reject it and throw you into the fire saying, “Were you not warned?”

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Monday, October 01, 2007

American Beslan

They intend on surprising us and seeing how far our collective heads are up our asses, I am sure they will succeed.

Al Qaeda Targets Our Schoolchildren American Thinker Marc Sheppard

While Democrats prepare witless campaign slogans blaming Republicans for millions of children not protected by health insurance, al Qaeda's blatant threat to exterminate 2 million American kids remains unheeded. And it will likely continue to be, notwithstanding mounting evidence that there exists no peril on Earth our young need greater protection from today than merciless jihadist monsters.

Not lack of a national insurance plan. Not global warming. Not racial or cultural disparities. Not even the Patriot Act, any of its overplayed incursions into individual liberties, or any of the other countless silly and diaphanous liberal causes célèbres, but rather that which would abruptly and savagely end their innocent short lives.

Dhimmicrat stupidity and yet still dictating the national dialogue.

Nearly 6 months have passed since I first challenged the inexcusable refusal by DHS and FBI authorities to publicly connect the obviously connectable dots representing an unnerving number of alarming events -- particularly in the wake of the Beslan school massacre. These include:

  • Videotapes confiscated in Afghanistan showing al-Qaeda terrorists training to takeover a school [newly available Video]
  • Spokesman Suleiman Abu Gheith‘s declaration of al-Qaeda's "right" to kill 2 million American children
  • An Iraqi national with known terrorist connections caught with a computer disk containing information detailing Department of Education crisis planning for U.S school districts.
  • Two Saudi men - one wearing a black trench coat despite the Florida heat -- terrifying a busload of Tampa schoolchildren by boarding a school bus and remaining for the entire ride to school, all the while laughing and speaking Arabic.
  • A March FBI/DHS bulletin noting "recent suspicious activity" by foreigners who drive school buses, are licensed to drive them, or have actually managed to purchase them right here at home. Including "members of the unnamed extremist groups" who have obtained commercial drivers licenses with school bus endorsements.
  • Osama bin Laden's promise that the 2004 terrorist attack at Beslan will happen many times over in the United States.

Atlas Shrugs

The Islamist Head Fake

Homeland Security: When dealing with Muslim leaders, Washington should borrow a page from Ronald Reagan's Soviet playbook: Trust, but verify. Many aim to deceive us, court evidence shows.

It's now believed that several leaders of the Muslim establishment in America last decade conspired to infiltrate the U.S. political system, change Middle East policy and gradually Islamize America. [red emphasis added]. At the same time, they hatched a plot to fund overseas terrorists.

Of course, they couldn't do this out in the open. So they set up benign-sounding nonprofits and charities to "camouflage" their traitorous activities, say U.S. prosecutors who cite wiretap transcripts and other documents uncovered in a criminal probe of the Holy Land Foundation, the largest Muslim charity in America.

During a secret meeting at a Philadelphia hotel, the charity's president and other prominent Muslim leaders were recorded allegedly plotting ways to disguise payments to Hamas terrorists as charity.

"I swear by Allah that war is deception," said Shukri Abu-Baker, now on trial in the federal terror-funding case. "We are fighting our enemy with a kind heart. . . . Deceive, camouflage, pretend that you're leaving while you're walking that way. Deceive your enemy." [red emphasis added]

Another participant at the Hamas summit was the founder of the Council on American Islamic-Relations, or CAIR, the largest Muslim civil-rights group in the country and an unindicted co-conspirator in the terror-funding case. [red emphasis added]

Adding to Abu-Baker's point, Omar Ahmad compared the deception needed to fool the infidels with the head fake in basketball. "He makes a player believe that he is doing this while he does something else," Ahmad said. "I agree with you. . . . Politics is a completion of war."

The Islamist head fake has worked all too well over the past decade. Blind acceptance and validation of Muslim leaders with questionable loyalties hardly missed a beat in Washington even after 9/11.

Many were invited to the White House and Congress. The head of the FBI spoke at their conferences, calling them "mainstream" and "moderate." Many naive officials still confer legitimacy on them.

But what Muslim leaders tell us and what they tell Muslim audiences are often two entirely different things. The deception is astonishing. They've really played us for suckers.

Here are just a few examples:

Sami Al-Arian: The popular and respected Muslim activist was a White House guest of both presidents Clinton and Bush. He assured his hosts he was both peace-loving and patriotic. "I am a very moderate Muslim person," he said. "I also condemn violence in all its forms."

All the while, Al-Arian was secretly running a U.S. beachhead for Palestinian terrorists. In a speech at a Cleveland mosque, he once thundered: "Let's damn America, let's damn Israel, let's damn their allies until death."

He's now a convicted terrorist.

Abdurahman Alamoudi: This pillar of the Muslim community also went from the White House to the Big House. But not before developing the Pentagon's Muslim chaplain corps, and acting as a goodwill ambassador for the State Department. [red emphasis added]

He, too, strongly denounced terror. "We are against all forms of terrorism," he claimed. "Our religion is against terrorism."

Privately, however, he raised major funds for al-Qaida and was caught on tape grumbling that Osama bin Laden hadn't killed enough Americans in the U.S. embassy bombings. [red emphasis added]

Also, at a Muslim conference, he was recorded saying the following:

"Muslims sooner or later will be the moral leadership of America. It depends on me and you. Either we do it now or we do it after a hundred years, but this country will become a Muslim country. And I think if we are outside this country, we can say, 'Oh, Allah, destroy America.' But once we are here, our mission in this country is to change it."

Ali Al-Timimi: A noted imam and native Washingtonian, he also put on a moderate face in public while secretly plotting against us. The internationally known Muslim scholar had government clearance — even worked with a former White House chief of staff — and was invited to speak on Islam to the U.S. military. [red emphasis added]

Publicly, the imam denounced Islamic violence. "My position against terrorism and Muslim-inspired violence against innocent people is well known by Muslims," he said.

But privately, a darker picture emerged. Five days after the 9/11 attacks, he called them "legitimate" and rallied young Muslim men at his mosque to carry out more "holy war" and "violent jihad." [red emphasis added]

Al-Timimi even cheered the Columbia space shuttle disaster, calling it a "good omen" for Muslims because it was a blow to their "greatest enemy." He also said the U.S. "should be destroyed."

This high-profile moderate is also now behind bars, for soliciting terror and treason.

What other Muslim leaders are betraying our trust? Who else is "camouflaging" their radical beliefs and agenda with smiles and soft rhetoric?

To reach out to the Muslim community, we must deal with its leaders. But based on their proven track record of dissembling, we can no longer go on blindly trusting them.

American Congress for Truth


September 30, 2007

"Islam is emerging as the cultural and economic Superpower of the 21st Century"


Steven R. Watts is "a global management consultant and a Research Fellow and Intercultural Studies Ph.D. candidate at Fuller Theological Seminary." He is "currently creating risk mitigation strategies for multicultural corporations operating in developing countries. These strategies focus on non-traditional, innovative approaches to sustainable economic development, eradication of poverty and reduction of risk to business continuity in some of the most challenging regions of the world. He is also an invited speaker to universities and business organizations."

His non-traditional, innovative approach at this website, "Welcome to the 21st century" (thanks to Hal), appears to revolve around the emergence of a new dominant world superpower, the "Islamic Union."

Take a look around the website. Look at every page. While those who know how Sharia institutionalizes the oppression of women and non-Muslims may recoil at this prospect, Watts is certainly being a realist given the world situation and the abysmal failure of the West so far to respond to the full reality of the Islamic supremacist challenge in all its dimensions.

I am not saying that the emergence of this superpower is inevitable, or that anyone should ever give up as long as life and breath remain. But while those who are concerned about human rights may not want to see this happen, given the world situation as it stands today can Watts reasonably be faulted for thinking that it will happen, and that the best we can do is try to ride the wave and adapt to the new world order?

Posted by Robert at September 30, 2007 8:28 PM


September 30, 2007

McCain: US founded on Christian principles, shouldn't have Muslim president

This nation was indeed founded on principles that are derived from the Judeo-Christian tradition. The Daily News, predictably, is treating McCain's remarks as if he were saying that this is a Christian country in some kind of sectarian or exclusionary sense. I hold no brief for McCain, but I doubt that's what he meant. He might have expressed himself more clearly, explaining that the views of the dignity of all people and their equality of rights before the law were Judeo-Christian principles that traditional Islam, with its devaluation of the life of unbelievers, denial of the freedom of conscience, and more, does not share. This is one of the major points of my book Religion of Peace?.

"McCain: No Muslim president, U.S. better with Christian one," by Helen Kennedy in the New York Daily News (thanks to JoJo):

GOP presidential candidate John McCain says America is better off with a Christian President and he doesn't want a Muslim in the Oval Office.

"I admire the Islam. There's a lot of good principles in it," he said. "But I just have to say in all candor that since this nation was founded primarily on Christian principles, personally, I prefer someone who I know who has a solid grounding in my faith."

"I admire the Islam"? Do you speak the English, John?

In a wide-ranging interview about religion and faith with the Web site Beliefnet, McCain said he wouldn't "rule out under any circumstance" someone who wasn't Christian, but said, "I just feel that that's an important part of our qualifications to lead."...

McCain later clarified his remarks, saying, "I would vote for a Muslim if he or she was the candidate best able to lead the country and to defend our political values."

A Muslim rights group ripped the Arizona Republican's remarks.

"That kind of attitude goes against the American tradition of religious pluralism and inclusion," said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

He urged McCain to "clarify his remarks" and "stress his acceptance of political candidates of any faith."

Honest Ibe could set a good example for McCain in this by clarifying his organization's ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. The manifest disingenuousness and incompleteness of the unindicted co-conspirator CAIR's explanations of these ties only fuels the suspicions that lead Americans to believe that CAIR's political agenda is actually quite different from the agendas of various groups within the spectrum of American pluralism.

Posted by Robert at September 30, 2007 7:14 AM


September 30, 2007

Fatah: You're gay. Hamas: No, you're gay

Tawdry Accusations Jihad. "Fatah-Hamas mired in tawdry accusations," by Khaled Abu Toameh for the Jerusalem Post (thanks to Davida):

The Hamas-Fatah power struggle has descended into the gutter over the past few days, with both parties trading allegations about the involvement of their members in homosexual relations and adultery.

The alleged "sex scandals" are said to have occurred in the Gaza Strip, which fell into Hamas's hands in June.

Shortly after the Islamist movement wrested control of the Strip, Hamas officials began talking about "embarrassing" and "damning" documents and films that were seized inside Palestinian Authority security headquarters formerly controlled by Fatah.

According to the officials, the Fatah men had been spying on several senior PA officials, some of whom were caught on tape having homosexual intercourse.

A DVD distributed among a limited number of Hamas representatives features a former PA official having sex with another man. The disc, according to a Palestinian journalist in Gaza City, is being sold on the black market for NIS 20.

Hamas says the PA's Preventive Security Force played a major role in collecting the evidence against the senior PA officials. In some cases, Hamas said, the documents and tapes were used to extort large sums of money from the PA officials.

Two documents that were allegedly seized inside Preventative Security Force headquarters provide insight into the method used to collect information about the sexual conduct of the top officials.

According to one document, entitled "A Large Number of Homosexuals," a number of wealthy and influential figures in the Gaza Strip had formed a "gang" for practicing homosexual intercourse.

"Some of them were summoned for questioning and they admitted to having sexual intercourse with boys and adult males," the document, dated May 12, 2005, stated.

"Some of them had individual sex, while others preferred group sex. Some of them paid money for sex, while others performed sexual intercourse with males in front of their wives."

The sex allegedly took place in hotels, clinics and private homes - in some cases with a picture of Yasser Arafat hanging overhead.

That seems peculiarly fitting.


Detroit: Anti-Jewish, anti-Christian fliers found on cars

The flier said: "Kill Jews and Christians if they don't believe in Allah and Mohammad." Those nutty Methodists, at it again.

"Anti-Jewish, anti-Christian fliers found on cars," by Gordon Wilczynski for the Macomb Daily (thanks to MG):

Police said anti-Jewish and anti-Christian fliers were found on cars parked in a lot on the northwest corner of 15 Mile and Ryan roads.

Sterling Heights police Detective Sgt. Paul Jesperson said three separate complaints were filed by residents Tuesday who found the fliers on their windshields.

He said the flier said: "Kill Jews and Christians if they don't believe in Allah and Mohammad."

It further advises people to "Fight those who do not believe."

"I really don't know what it means other than suggesting violence to Jews and Christians," Jesperson said. "We certainly have no intentions of stifling someone's religious beliefs but it is most certainly a violation of the law if you're condoning violence with this hate literature."

Jesperson said police received three complaints and the fliers were seen on at least 15 other cars in the parking lot.

He said there was no damage to the cars and no one else filed a complaint.

"I would imagine many people thought this was some type of advertising flier and didn't even read it," Jesperson said.

Sam Richardson, who was shopping at the Kroger store on Tuesday, saw the flier on his windshield while walking to his car and asked his 11-year-old daughter to remove it.

He said she walked toward him while she was reading the flier and then she started crying.

"She asked me what the flier was all about," said Richardson, an electrician at General Motors. "I tried to explain to her what it meant and I then had to explain it to my 7-year-old son."

Welcome to the new Detroit.

Posted by Robert at September 30, 2007 4:33 AM

September 30, 2007


Illinois Schools Canceling Christmas and Halloween to Avoid Offending Muslims

Fri, Sep 28, 2007 at 7:00:53 pm PST

Another absolutely disgusting example of pre-emptive dhimmitude, in the name of tolerance and multiculturalism, right here in the US: First Jell-O, now Santa.

So long, Halloween parade. Farewell, Santa’s gift shop.

The holiday traditions are facing elimination in some Oak Lawn schools this year after complaints that the activities are offensive, particularly to Muslim students.

Final decisions on which of the festivities will be axed will fall to the principals at each of Ridgeland School District 122’s five schools, Supt. Tom Smyth said.

Parents expect that the announcement is going to add to the tension that has been building since officials agreed earlier this month to change the lunch menu to exclude items containing pork to accommodate Muslim students. News that Jell-O was struck from the menu caused such a stir that officials have agreed to bring it back. Gelatin is often made with tissue or bones of pigs or other animals.

That controversy now appears to have been been dwarfed by the holiday debate, which became so acrimonious Wednesday that police were called to Columbus Manor School to intervene in a shouting match among parents.

It’s difficult when you change the school’s culture,” said Columbus Manor Principal Sandy Robertson.

(Hat tip: LGF readers.)