Pinocchio, Tom Sawyer and other characters have been converted to Islam in new versions of 100 classic stories on 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.
advertisementIn The Three Musketeers, D'Artagnan is told that he cannot visit Aramis. The reason would surprise the author, Alexandre Dumas.
An old woman explains: "He is surrounded by men of religion. He converted to Islam after his illness."
The Sanity Squad discusses the issue of forced conversion in its latest podcast, but amazingly we hadn't considered the ramification of forcing fictional characters to convert against their authors' wishes. How...reality-based.
Truly, all things appear to be possible when you're dealing with Allah--especially if you happen to reside in the realm of delusion and fantasy.
UPDATE: The Belmont Club has a post that is very relevant to this issue -- the process of altering the future by manipulating symbols in the present. Wretchard is discussing the forces political correctness and their willingness to distory reality to conform with their ideal--and isn't that precisely what is going on in the textbook alterations in Turkey? He quotes Jeff Jacoby:
You're a publisher of children's textbooks, and you have a problem. Your diversity guidelines -- quotas in all but name -- require you to include pictures of disabled children in your elementary and high school texts, but it isn't easy to find handicapped children who are willing and able to pose for a photographer. Kids confined to wheelchairs often suffer from afflictions that affect their appearance, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy. How can you meet your quota of disability images if you don't have disabled models who are suitably photogenic? Well, you can always do what Houghton Mifflin does. The well-known textbook publisher keeps a wheelchair on hand as a prop and hires able-bodied children from a modeling agency to pose in it. It keeps colorful pairs of crutches on hand, too -- in case a child model turns out to be the wrong size for the wheelchair.
Only in Islam's case, it is not 'sacrificing truth on the altar of diversity', but simply sacrificing truth for the sake of Allah. Both "diversity" and "Allah" are the gods for whose sake truth must be denied and distorted.