While you’re up, could you please shoot me:

Some concerned parents have contacted the Mattel toy company with allegations that one of its dolls utters words which promote Islam.

The Little Mommy Cuddle ‘n Coo dolls are manufactured by Fisher-Price, which is part of the Mattel toy empire. However, a number of parents contacted the company when they heard the doll say these words: “Islam is the light.”

While the doll appears to utter “Islam is the light,” the company denies that is actually what it is programmed to say. Mattel insists that Little Mommy Cuddle ‘n Coo features realistic baby sounds, including cooing, giggling, and baby babble, with no real sentence structure.

Like a less pretentious Camille Paglia, then. No word yet on whether the doll comes to life and carves a backwards crescent into your child’s cheek, although presumably this question will be answered in the affirmative before the week is out.  It does makes one long for a more innocent time, when dolls taught tots wholesome warblogging skills.

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