There’s a war for the mind’s of your children and grandchildren taking place. If you ignore it and don’t teach them, you’re leaving it in the hands of those who practice one of the most intolerant and violent ideologies the world has ever seen. Or those who’ve already submitted to them. Beware. Source: NYC Children’s Museum Celebrates Muslim Diversity h/t Free Republic
NEW YORK— Imagine a place where children can steer a dhow boat across the Indian Ocean, sell Egyptian spices and Moroccan rugs, hop on a camel and embark across the Sahara. “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far” is a groundbreaking interactive museum exhibit in the heart of New York City that lets kids do just that: explore the A-to-Z of Muslim cultures.
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM), established in 1973, is a hands-on cultural destination for families committed to nurturing “the next generation of global citizens.”
CMOM’s executive director, Andrew Ackerman, says the addition of the Muslim cultures exhibit allows families an opportunity to discuss unity and diversity within the same tradition — a factor he says is crucial for developing young minds.
“Those attitudes really form very early in life,” Ackerman said. “So part of our role as a children’s museum is to open their minds and experiences with very positive images about people from different lifestyles and different parts of the world, so that negative stereotypes don’t take root.”
Across from the courtyard, next to a life-size 900-pound camel, is the “American home” living room, made up of clothing, artwork, photos and books donated from American Muslims of all walks of life. On the coffee table, there is an app that teaches you how to write and say “My name is …” in 24 languages spoken by Muslims in New York.
The city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, has praised the exhibit as an “important cultural resource,” calling New York Muslim residents a “vital part” of the city’s diverse communities.
“Children will have the chance to learn about Muslim cultures in an engaging and thoughtful way,” said de Blasio. “We only grow stronger when we embrace and celebrate the multitude of cultural backgrounds that make up New York City.”
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