This now available from the U.S. State Department: “2009 Mosques of America Wall Calendar: Limited Edition for Ramadan.”
“Yep, you read that correctly. It’s ‘perfect for Muslim outreach efforts,” according to a commentary at the Gates of Vienna blog. “Where’s the ACLU on this one?”
Screen capture of State Department’s offering of “Mosques of America” calendar
The product was being advertised by “Global Publishing Solutions,” a division of the U.S. State Department, until bloggers started talking about it.
According to the Gates of Vienna, the government advertised:
In celebration of Ramadan, Global Publishing Solutions (GPS) is offering a limited edition of the 2009 Mosques in America Wall Calendar. This 12-month calendar is perfect for Muslim outreach efforts, as well as office and event giveaways.
The wall calendar features a vibrant photograph or photomontage for each month, displaying the beauty of mosques in America.
The upper half of the hanging calendar depicts mosque facades or interiors, and the lower half displays a monthly calendar grid. The 28-page calendar is saddle-stitched and measures 23 x 30 1/2 cm (9 x 12 inches)
This item is on sale until August 1st, 2008 in shrink-wrapped packs of 20 pieces.
“Remember,” said the Internet commentator, “This was on an official State Department (state.gov) web page. GPS describes itself this way: ‘The Global Publishing Solutions, manages this site as a gateway to information and transactions for their U.S. State Department clients.”
One page from the U.S. State Department’s “Mosques of America” 2009 promotional calendar
On the Gates of Vienna site, a reader posted a comment recommending the State Department “adorn the calendar with equally vibrant Quranic verses and hadiths, samples of what is preached in those mosques. For example: January: Kill the infidels wherever you find them. February: Allah’s Apostle said: I’ve been made victorious with terror – and so on and so forth.”
JihadWatch.org pointed out the page was pulled after the weblog Snapped Shot posted an image of it yesterday. Snapped Shot said it seems the public servants at State “get all nervous when We, The People actually notice” what they’re doing.
Gates of Vienna commented: “Since Islam is not really a religion, but a political ideology, the government’s sale of an Islamocentric calendar evidently doesn’t violate the separation of church and state. It’s like selling photos of local Democratic Party Headquarters.”
The cached page reveals the prices are $44 per pack if you order from 6-10 packs of 20.
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