I know, I know -- I should be working right now. Here I am under tremendous pressure to finish work related deadlines and yet another news alert filters through my e-mail and, again, I am distracted. When I read this article from The Oswasso Reporter, I was amazed:
OWASSO - When Gary Rofkahr from Owasso heard there was a baby doll on local store shelves that said, "Islam is the Light," he didn't believe it.
He bought the Little Mommy Real Loving Baby Cuddle and Coo doll to see for himself and he was shocked to hear the words, "Islam is the Light" among other baby gibberish including "Mama."
"I have a 1-year-old granddaughter," he said. "It makes me mad that someone is trying to indoctrinate our children with an innocent toy."
He called Fisher Price to complain. He was told they were aware of the problem and would gladly refund his money.
This little cute doll has caused a big ugly stir when it was discovered that among other baby gibberish, she utters the words "Islam is the Light" and "Satan is King".
"I told them I didn't want my money back, I wanted them to pull these dolls off the shelf," he said. "They told me they can't pull an item just because a customer requests it, they have to have corporate direction. I told them I would get corporate direction and get back to them. I told them I'm from a town of 30,000 people with 46 churches in it and I know someone who attends each one. I'm going to everyone I know to tell them about this and I'm going to call Target and Wal-Mart and see if we can pull this doll off the shelves."
UPDATE FROM OWASSO REPORTER: I want readers to note that I never said the baby doll says anything about Satan. I did hear the baby doll very clearly say Islam is the Light.
Rofkahr said he found various versions of the doll at local Target and Wal-Mart stores, which have since pulled the toys from their shelves, reported KJRH.com.
Fisher-Price and parent company Mattel didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.
As they say, seeing is believing don't take my word for it, watch the video yourself:
As the late Walter Cronkite once said, "And that's the way it is!" This is Judi Lake reporting from Charleston, SC, 2008.
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