For “cross-cultural” purposes. A Christian poem would have likely been considered offensive to a “large number” of people, but only a “small number” took issue with a Muslim poem. This is precisely the sort of thing that would have made the Boston Bombers proud …
Ephesians 5:11, “… have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.”
Business Standard – “A school in Boston reportedly had a Muslim poem recital over the intercom instead of the Pledge of Allegiance on the 12th anniversary of 9/11.
The principal of Concord Carlisle High School, Peter Badalament issued an apology and said that a ‘small nu
mber’ of people were outraged at the poem, which was meant to promote ‘cross-cultural understanding’.
According to the Washington Times, the Pledge of Allegiance was not read because of some confusion and the principal said that the school was unaware that their student pledge reader was unavailable that day.
The report said that Mohja Kahf’s ‘My Grandmother Washes Her Feet in the Sink of the Bathroom at Sears’ was recited in which a granddaughter’s account of watching her grandmother adhere to the religious Muslim custom of washing her feet five times a day, is described.
My grandmother puts her feet in the sink
of the bathroom at Sears
to wash them in the ritual washing for prayer,
because she has to pray in the store or miss
the mandatory prayer time for Muslims
She does it with great poise, balancing
herself with one plump matronly arm
against the automated hot-air hand dryer,
after having removed her support knee-highs
and laid them aside, folded in thirds,
and given me her purse and her packages to hold
so she can accomplish this august ritual
and get back to the ritual of shopping for housewares
Rspectable Sears matrons shake their heads and frown
as they notice what my grandmother is doing,
an affront to American porcelain,
a contamination of American Standards
by something foreign and unhygienic
requiring civic action and possible use of disinfectant spray
They fluster about and flutter their hands and I can see
a clash of civilizations brewing in the Sears bathroome
Sarasota, Florida - The Boston Marathon explosions brought back painful memories for a 9/11 survivor from Sarasota.
"Life is so fragile. You never think today would be your last day ever," says Daniel Hoffe.
When Hoffe sits at his desk every day, he sees a series of pictures of the 9/11 attacks on New York's World Trade Center, a reminder of the inferno he survived.
"It reminds me how lucky I am, reminds me of the folks that were not as lucky. Part of my role is to make sure people do not forget heroes that day, and make sure we never have a tragedy like that again," says Hoffe.
Yet an act of terror has happened once again nearly 13 years later at the Boston Marathon, with two explosions 10 seconds apart near the finish line. The bombings left three people dead and more than 170 injured.