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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Coming to a TV Set Near You; Muslim Superheroes...

This is interesting; a children's television network, The Hub, formerly Discovery Kids, which launched this week, is planning to show a Muslim faith-based superhero cartoon program, called "The 99."

The program is a hit among kids in Arab countries and has gained an audience in Europe.  Network officials are hoping to have similar success in the U.S.

The NY Post's Andrea Peyser writes:
Hide your face and grab the kids. Coming soon to a TV in your child's bedroom is a posse of righteous, Sharia-com pliant Muslim superheroes -- including one who fights crime hidden head-to-toe by a burqa.

These Islamic butt-kickers are ready to bring truth, justice and indoctrination to impressionable Western minds.

The program chronicles the adventures of 99 superheroes, each of whom embodies an attribute of Allah.

Jabbar is a Muslim Incredible Hulk. Mumita is wicked fast. But Wonder Woman-style cleavage has been banned from the ladies. And, in this faith-based cartoon, hair-hiding head scarves are mandatory for five characters, not including burqa babe Batina the Hidden.

In another break from standard world-saving fare, male and female characters are never alone together. (Imagine the stoning super-strong characters would dish out.) "The 99" even has the seal of approval of a Sharia board -- which polices Muslim law -- affiliated with an Islamic bank from which the show received financing.

What a great time to come to the United States!
The program is already getting the highest possible endorsement from a U.S. official.  At last April's Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, to promote ties between the United States and Muslims around the world, President Obama praised the work of the comic's creator for embodying the "teachings of the tolerance of Islam."

Look, I think letting our children be exposed to other religions can be a positive, since it gives parents an opportunity to re-enforce their faith (that is, if the parent understand their faith well enough and makes the time to discuss and explain it to their children, although, I would be a bit wearisome about younger kids) but I can't recall any cartoon promoting Christian or Jewish teachings, at least in my lifetime, do you?

"The 99" has reportedly been pushed back at least until January.

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