Friday, September 01, 2006

Children's Tales Told With A Tragic Twist

Poster for Walt Disney's 1960 movie production of Pollyanna. Image Credit:

Children's Tales Told With A Tragic Twist - From the view of the Koran.

Talk about the re-writing of history ... how about classic children's stories as augmented through the lens of the Koran. That's right, (by some accounts) the fascist, life on earth and freedom hating, gender bigoted Islamic core values religious book and cultural cornerstone ... The Koran!

This is almost as bad as our own liberal-Democrats view and retelling of some of the chapters of our country's political past!

Where are the copyright lawyers when we need them?

This from the London Daily Telegraph via The Washington Times -

The classics get Islam twist
By Malcolm Moore - LONDON DAILY TELEGRAPH - September 1, 2006

ANTALYA, Turkey -- Pinocchio, Tom Sawyer and other characters have been converted to Islam in new versions of 100 classic stories in the Turkish school curriculum.

"Give me some bread, for Allah's sake," Pinocchio says to Geppetto, his maker, in a book stamped with the crest of the Ministry of Education. "Thanks be to Allah," the puppet says later.

In "The Three Musketeers," D'Artagnan is told that he cannot visit Aramis. The reason would make the author, Alexandre Dumas, turn in his grave. An old woman explains: "He is surrounded by men of religion. He converted to Islam after his illness."

Tom Sawyer may have shirked his homework, but he is more conscientious in learning his Islamic prayers. He is given a "special treat" for learning the Arabic words.

Pollyanna, seen by some as the embodiment of Christian forgiveness, says she believes in the end of the world as predicted in the Koran.

Heidi, the Swiss orphan girl in the tale by Johanna Spyri, is told that praying to Allah will help her to relax.

The clumsy insertions by Islamic publishing houses have raised debate in Turkey, which has been a strongly secular state since the 1920s.

Other books contain insults, slang and rude rhymes that mock the president and the prime minister.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's first Muslim prime minister, has called for swift action against the publishers.

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