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I hope that I shall never see, Muslim toe jam in a tree; In fact, unless the towers fall, I’ll never see a tree at all

An Ode to Allah, by Henry Gibson

An Ode to Allah, by Henry Gibson

Different sentiments, of course, if the stuff  landed there with the assistance of a little C-4.

Concord, Massachusetts: principal eschews reading Pledge of Allegiance at 9/11 memorial assembly, does find time for Muslim toe-tapper. Although its students wouldn’t know this, Concord Massachusetts played an important role in the opening battle of the American War against negroes colored people blacks African-Americans people of color and redskins, Indians, Native Americans, circa 1775.

A Concord-Carlisle School Committee member is defending a high school principal who read a Muslim poem on Wednesday’s 9/11 anniversary — but failed to line up anyone to recite the pledge of allegiance that morning.

The poem, “My Grandmother Washes Her Feet in the Sink of the Bathroom at Sears” by Syrian poet Mohja Kahfe

“I’m disappointed at the reaction that some of my community,” said School Committee member Philip Benincasa. “I think what the principal was doing was an attempt to offer young people a glimpse of what binds us together as people. This was an attack carried out by extremists, not by a religious group that is as peace loving and valued member of our community, our culture, and our world as any other.”

The poem reads in part:

“Respectable 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…

They fluster about and flutter and I can see

a clash of civlizations brewing in the Sears bathroom.”

“‘You can’t do that,’ one of the women protests,

turning to me, ‘Tell her she can’t do that.’

‘We wash our feet five times a day,’

my grandmother declares hotly in Arabic.

‘My feet are cleaner than their sink.

Worried about their sink, are they? I

should worry about my feet!’

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