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Tim Murphy: Anti-Islam Activists Are Freaking Out About Crayons Now

A sample from Crayola’s Ramadan coloring exercises. Courtesy of Crayola

A sample from Crayola’s Ramadan coloring exercises. Courtesy of Crayola

Anti-Islam Activists Are Freaking Out About Crayons Now

By Tim Murphy, (Mother Jones)

Anti-Shariah activists have a new target in their sights: Crayola. Late last week the Pickens County (Ga.) Republican party posted a call to action on its website about a new promotion from the world’s leading crayon manufacturer, which had begun offering free Islamic-themed coloring pages in honor of Ramadan. Zut alors! The images are pretty innocuous—one features a prayer rug; another features a young boy kneeling while reading from the Koran. But the Pickens GOP sees something more nefarious:

Recall that Muslims consider Ramadan the “month of jihad” and “month of victory” over infidels. Crayola should remind kids not to try and draw Muhammad lest their parents need to fend off Muslims and enter witness relocation – like the creator of Everyone Draw Muhammad Day – since the FBI nor anyone else will protect them.

Christmas trees and bunnies abound but a search for the Bible returned zero results.

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Both the Pickens County GOP and another anti-Shariah website, the appropriately named “Creeping Sharia,” both published the exact same text on the exact same day, so it’s not clear who plagiarized whom. Crayola is in good company. Other American institutions that have fallen under the spell of Shariah (according to anti-Shariah activists) include David Petraeus, the grocery store Wegman’s, and Nashville’s Hutton Hotel.

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  • George Carty

    I doubt it — Ramadan won’t be commercialized for the same reason Lent wasn’t.

  • golden izanagi

    don’t worry i’m sure those idiots can use still macaroni and glue to help write there next bit of idiocy about how muslims are evil bad.

  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    I think this is a very sad story as many loons are not allowed sharp objects in their homes, having to boycott crayons means that they will no longer be able to write.
    How will the deacon write his next magnam opus ?
    Sir David

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  • Tanveer Khan

    Yeah, I mean here in good old Britain nearly everyone celebrates Christmas. I used to ask alot of them if they were Christian and most of them would say no, it always confused me. That was until i learn about the wonderful world of commercialisation.

  • Reynardine

    Nope. Can’t trust ‘em with Cornflower Blue, Carnation Pink, or Lemon Yellow, and especially not Peach or Apricot.

  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    Fox Panel Unearths ‘Real’ Anthony Weiner Story: A Muslim Brotherhood Conspiracy

    http://thinkprogress.org/security/2013/07/29/2370891/huma-fox-muslim-brotherhood/

  • Heinz Catsup

    In before anyone else: Crayola Jihad!

  • Yausari

    Well if all of em knew about it. I’d say – all of em. I don’t believe they would think about it even for a second.

  • Solid Snake

    Yeah, thats the fear when commercializing Holidays or anything holy or sacred. In the end it is all about making money. Often times the substance is ripped right out of the holiday leaving only a sparkling shiny facade that is sold to customers.

  • Tanveer Khan

    I just hope the meaning and purpose of Ramadan wont be lost by all the pwetty decorations and what not.

  • Solid Snake

    The commercialization of ‘Holy’ Days (or months in this case). I can see that happening in the future, especially in the West. Ramadan specials happening months before the actual month, Ramadan decorations, Ramadan advertising commercials etc etc I think it will have its pros and cons.

  • mindy1

    I’d love to see a summit like that, where everyone acted like a happy child :D

  • CriticalDragon1177

    I wonder how many “counter Jihad” activists are going to be boycotting Crayola over this now.

  • CriticalDragon1177

    That’s a much better description of what this actually is.

  • Reynardine

    Crayolas are an instrument of universal good will. Like ice cream cones, few can resist them, and few can be nasty while enjoying them. Who doesn’t have their memories of favorites, like Goldenrod, Rose Pink, Spring Green, Brilliant Rose? If I had my way, every important international summit would be preceded by a universal session with Crayolas. The ice cream would be after, if everybody was good.

  • mindy1

    They are a corporation, that means they want people to buy things, including *gasp* Muslims. Why should that affect me, I do not care. Good Ramadan everyone.

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