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Urban Legends: Talking Doll Allegedly Says 'Islam Is the Light'

By October 10, 2008

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IN CASE you were too busy monitoring the worldwide economic crisis this past week to keep up on the really important news, let me be the first to apprise you that retailers across America started whipping a talking doll off their shelves in recent days after customers complained it was "spouting hate" -- at least that's the way it was couched in an overwrought story on Fox News Kansas City yesterday.

The doll in question, Fisher-Price's "Little Mommy Real Loving Baby Cuddle & Coo Doll," allegedly repeats the phrases "Satan is king" and "Islam is the light" in addition to all of the standard babbling and cooing one would expect to hear from a talking baby doll.

"There's no markings on the box to indicate there's anything Islamic about this doll," Oklahoman Gary Rofkahr told Fox News in a report headlined "Parents Outraged Over Baby Doll They Say Mumbles Pro-Islam Message."

All of which begs so many questions, I hardly know where to begin.

In the ear of the beholder

First, does the doll really say those things? You can judge for yourself by viewing one of the many YouTube videos online, or, if you prefer to go directly to the source, listening to the actual playback supplied by Fisher-Price's parent company, Mattel [update: the file has been deleted but can still be accessed via Snopes.com] .

Having listened to these recordings myself (over and over again), I can confidently say I don't hear anything in them that sounds remotely like "Satan is king." One part of the playback does sound vaguely like "Islam is the light," though to be honest it sounds a lot more like "As long as the light" to me. An audio expert consulted by KJRH-TV News in Tulsa, Oklahoma reviewed the recording and concluded the snippet in question sounds closest to "It's not near the light."

Which all goes to show we mustn't discount the power of suggestion. People tend to hear what they expect to hear -- or what they've been primed to hear. In the case of the Cuddle & Coo Doll, when told in advance that it says "Islam is the light," most folks say that is indeed what they hear. But when KOTV Tulsa reporter Chris Wright put the question to random folks without suggesting in advance what they would hear, none of them could make out any intelligible phrases at all.

Logic and plausibility

Another question that needs asking is why on earth a major toy company with brand loyalty to protect would knowingly insert any kind of religious message into a mass-market talking doll made for sale in the United States, much less a message as controversial as an affirmation of Islam. It simply isn't plausible. And according to Mattel spokesperson Sara Rosales, it simply isn't true. The Baby Cuddle & Coo Doll only has one scripted word, "Mama," Rosales told Newsday earlier today. The rest of the recording is gibberish, including the final syllable which, as heard over the doll's cheap speaker, "may resemble something close to the word 'night,' 'right' or 'light,'" Rosales said.

Another good question is why a doll allegedly promoting Islam would say "Satan is king." Answer: it wouldn't.

And lastly, by what stretch of the imagination would uttering the phrase "Islam is the light" constitute "spouting hate"? Answer: it wouldn't.

An epidemic of evil, trash-talking dolls???

Folks, this is getting out of hand. And you know what? We've been here before.

  • Remember in 1998 when parents all across the United States had hissy-fits because they really, truly believed their children's Teletubby dolls were saying "Faggot, faggot, bite my butt"?
  • And how about the California woman who threatened a lawsuit in 2000 after convincing herself that a Teletubby doll was telling her child, "I got a gun, I got a gun! Run away, run away!"
  • Or the woman who complained in 2006 that a Little Mermaid doll called her daughter "a slut."
  • Or the parent who claimed in early 2008 that a Tickle Me Elmo doll had made death threats against her son [sorry, link no longer exists]?

Something needs to be done to keep these toys out of the wrong hands -- adults' hands, I mean, not kids'. Clearly they are not safe!

Comments

October 10, 2008 at 11:29 pm
(1) shel says:

my friend showed me the doll but didn’t tell me anything about it she just said to listen so i did and i heared it say “Islam is the light” and thats all. but it really is there but i think it’s only in some of the dolls but this one said it perfectly clear.

October 11, 2008 at 1:22 am
(2) ashley says:

whatever,honestly my daughter has TWO of them dolls.the pink an aquaish blue one! neither of the dolls say anything but momma! some cooing an babbleing.

October 11, 2008 at 9:19 am
(3) ammy says:

I think he has a point that if you expect to hear it, you will, but I know for sure that the teletubbie thing was real, my cousins had one and had a good time with it when the battery ran down and it started cursing, they arent the only ones, I have other friends who said that it’s happened to them.

October 11, 2008 at 2:43 pm
(4) Jake Spofford says:

Oh, I forgot all about “Faggot, faggot, bite my butt”. Hilarious! And awfully self-deprecating stuff from the supposedly gay Teletubbies.

I was immediately struck by the common sense you offer here: No Islamic dolls are also in league with Satan, or at least they wouldn’t, you know, admit it for themselves. And though I don’t any of my daughters’ toys advocating for beliefs to which we do not subscribe, “Islam is the light” is as “hateful” as “Jesus loves you”.

October 11, 2008 at 3:10 pm
(5) Joyce says:

My husband and I went to the brand new Target that just opened in our neighborhood yesterday. We found the dolls and listened for ourselves. The dolls babble for a minute and then they clearly say, “Islam is the Light.” We talked to the manager and he said they heard it as well and pulled the dolls off the shelves but Mattel refused to recall them and so they had no choice but to put them back on the shelves. It is a beautiful brand new store…and it is too bad they have to put up with this. The dolls are very clear.

October 11, 2008 at 8:02 pm
(6) SAM INSA says:

This is what they call insanity in the age of reason! I cannot believe what people are talking about. Fox News and Co want your attention away from the real problems so they invent a lot of creepy things! Halloween is coming, beware of ghosts who invite you to embrace -not Islam mind you- the order of the RED ROOSTER :)

October 12, 2008 at 12:39 am
(7) Sharon Liu says:

I listened to the original recording several times.
I tried to listen for “It’s near the light”. In fact, I clearly heard “Islam is the Light”.

October 12, 2008 at 9:50 am
(8) Jake says:

ammy, you are so gullible. All of this is just nonsense. I guess you also got a check for $45,000 after forwarding the Bill Gates email, huh? Learn to question things and not accept them at face value, and you won’t appear so clueless!

October 13, 2008 at 6:10 am
(9) Kim says:

We also have the doll and it does say “Islam in the light” very clearly. Before all this even came out I heard it, but there is a switch on the back and I just turned off the voice. She still moves and my child doesn’t know the difference. I don’t think they need a boycott. Parents can choose not to buy it… that’s what makes us Americans!!

October 13, 2008 at 8:48 am
(10) Tim says:

I never heard anything close to Satan is King, I did hear…”Is the light… Knowing people are claiming the doll is saying Islam is the light… you could say yeah I heard that too. I asked a few people and most heard light or just babble… I would be concerned of the doll having lead in it and some tainted milk before I’d worry about what it possible says

October 13, 2008 at 7:47 pm
(11) Ann says:

I hear the mama’s very clearly and then a “is kite.” I could understand somebody hearing the long “a” in “mama” matching the long “a” in “Islam.” Paradoelia.

October 14, 2008 at 12:59 am
(12) cookie says:

I have the doll and hear “islam is the light” perfectly. Perhaps some of them are programmed differently. Someone mentioned that saying “islam is the light” is just as ghastly as “Jesus loves you”. Well, let’s face it.. if the doll said “Jesus loves you”..we would still have people upset because the doll isnt supposed to be spewing religious beliefs! It’s supposed to “cuddle and coo”. The doll is creepy. It doesnt shut up and it goes on and on. Sorry..but I for one don’t want my baby saying “Islam is the light” as his first words

October 14, 2008 at 4:09 am
(13) Mano says:

Before the war in Iraq, 77% of you Americans believed Saddam was linked to Usama Bin Laden, which was never true. Many of you believe Obama is a Muslim and an Arab – Isn’t the doll thing a way too much to show the world how stupid you folks are???!!!

October 14, 2008 at 11:19 am
(14) Unknown says:

I recently made a trip to Wal-mart where I saw this doll sitting there. I picked it up and listened to it. I don’t care what people say that is not real and people are imagining it. That doll clearly says “Islam is the Light”. If you couldn’t hear that, you obviously need to clean your ears. It’s not random babbling that came to form those words. Thats impossible. The phrase “Satan is King” however, I thought a few times as I listened to the doll a million times, but it was too hard to tell.

October 14, 2008 at 11:32 am
(15) Hubert says:

Osama (Bin Laden) is not Obama and vice versa- however they rhyme right, and that doesn’t make Obama a terrorist, and Osama the Senator!

The other day some digital camera (or phone) made in China came out with the picture of a Chinese Girl – who was taking pictures (for quality control) – forgot to delete the test file and went into market

There might be a slight chance that in the production line, someone on night shift, deliberately or for playing a practical joke on a colleague – programmed this on to the dolls. And if this is the case – you always have the right to return the item back to the store and get a refund ??

Hence I cannot understand what the fuss is all about ? Do you believe that Mattel will not pull the item off the shelves if it did indeed speak the unspeakable ? C’mon folks, if it was indeed true they know they would be sued their pants off

and Kim This is not what Americans are all about, Till yesterday Americans were known for doing things and NOT FOR jabbering about it on a blog post!

October 14, 2008 at 9:48 pm
(16) Kevin L. says:

Well, as a guy whos spent considerable time playing with audio in the past, I took the sample and slowed it down by half with a time stretching non-pitch changing algorythm. Also slowed it along with the pitch drop.

Now, this is a small clip of a long sample of babbling that someone had to originally record for this toy. How long do you have to babble randomly before you form sounds that resemble words? Try it… Ok, the sound in question…

The clearest transcription of what is there would be, “ighlam ieh deligeh” the G sounds are accented. Seems to me to be a normal case of people looking for something specific and bending their own perceptions to conform to what they want to find. Once they’re bored with this, they’ll go back to finding the virgin in salt deposits and water streaks on glass windows.

Our brains are very very good at pattern recognition. Search for something tomorrow, like a number. Pick one tonight, lets say 33. Tomorrow you’d find 33 steps from the car to the office door, or 33 seams in the cealing tiles over your cubicle, etc. etc. etc.

October 15, 2008 at 12:14 pm
(17) Alan says:

That is not what the doll says, I’ve been listening to it over and over. It’s close but in my opinion its more like isclum eh deligh. Which is absolutely not islam is the light. Now I want all of you who dis-agree with me to say out loud my dixie wrecked 5 times in the company of another person. Then say has anyone seen Mike Hunt. Do that and you will see what I’m talking about. Those words said togather are obsene phrases however you didn’t really say anything bad did you.

Alan

October 16, 2008 at 12:18 am
(18) fatima says:

I think that all of you people are just so ignorant and so afraid of the truth. Maybe it is a sign from god and you should take that as a possitve thing rather than running islam down when u dont even know half the things it promotes!! Islam means peace and peace is what we need so clearly I don’t see how this “message” is going to corrupt your children. And i can tell you one thing if There’s satan and islam in one “message” then clearly u can’t associate it with islam. The most beautiful and pure way of life a human being can lead!!!

October 16, 2008 at 12:47 am
(19) sarah says:

I don’t see how this should be such a big thing..Everyon’es blowing this outa proportion. If u dont like what u hear give it back but dont go mkaing up stuff about satan and all that thats now a load of bull because everyone knows that u cant say islam is the light and satan is the king because thats the complete opposite so called message..Well somehow god-willed for this to happen and i believe everything happens for a reason so say waht u want but truth remains truth

October 16, 2008 at 5:24 pm
(20) Kim says:

I want to apologize on behalf of my country, which is being given a black eye in the world because of my ignorant brothers and sisters who’s lives are contained between barbecues, and trips to Walmart and Target. We are not all bigotted towards Muslims. I work and have many friends, for whom Islam is the light. They are Americans. They work hard and never insult my religion or my beliefs.

I am embarrassed that people equate “Satan” and Islam in a sensationalist piece of garbage that Fox used to rile up their “core demographic”.

My mother taught manners, and taught me how to respect people and their beliefs. I don’t get swayed by the small percentage that are terrorists and don’t paint an entire people with that impression. I wish our news agencies would stop contributing to the brain rot that is destroying our nation.

October 16, 2008 at 8:52 pm
(21) RR says:

This is so wrong!!! This doll DOES in fact say Islam is the light!!! I want to know where these are being sent and made from??? Is the USA going to support this? Is this not what the terrorist practice?!!! It needs to be taken off the shelf!! We as Americans need to stand for right here….

October 16, 2008 at 11:57 pm
(22) cbless45 says:

no one told me what the doll was going to say when I listened to it, I did not have a clue, so when IT DID CLEARLY SAY ISLAM IS THE LIGHT, i was immediately surprised, and I had a fellow employee listen and I did not tell her what it said, and she heard the same thing, so I do believe from hearing with my own ears that what it says about islam is what it says

October 16, 2008 at 11:59 pm
(23) anonymous says:

i work at toys r us and we recently heard this dol..it really does sound like it, its so creepy!

October 17, 2008 at 10:41 am
(24) Slapshot says:

“And lastly, by what stretch of the imagination would uttering the phrase “Islam is the light” constitute “spouting hate”? Answer: it wouldn’t. ”

David you need to see the number of terror acts committed by Muslims over the last 40 years before you make a statement like that. Islam is all about hate of the infidel. It’s in their religious texts.

http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

October 17, 2008 at 12:21 pm
(25) Dawn says:

I listened to the recording over and over and tried to hear what everyone else was hearing and I couldn’t. In fact what I DID hear was “God is the Light.”

October 17, 2008 at 12:52 pm
(26) WILL says:

I LISTENED TO THE DOLL ON UTUBE , IT IS NOT SAYING THESE THINGS

October 17, 2008 at 1:01 pm
(27) Pia M says:

I listened to the actual clip. It sounds to me like: “Mama… Mama… Mmm… Goodnight!” Now doesn’t THAT make more sense?

October 17, 2008 at 7:22 pm
(28) Mikey says:

Kim, I love you! Your comment is like an oasis of intelligence in a desert of ignorance.

Good grief people, your first clue that this was going to be trash is that it came from a FOX station. It’s a toy baby doll babbling incoherently! Do you really not get that? Are you really that gullible and ignorant? OF course, this is a country who voted GWB in for a second term, so I guess I answered my own question.

Most of you are the same morons that see the Virgin Mary in a plate glass window, and that see Jesus in a piece of toast! I’ll bet those of you who hear “Islam is the light” all think that “Intelligent Design” is an actual scientific theory. Get a life, will ya? Do you folks honestly have nothing more important with which to concern yourselves? I’ll bet that FOX reporter is laughing all the way to the bank. Buncha freaks.

October 17, 2008 at 7:53 pm
(29) dazzler says:

I am not sure why this is an issue. It seems people who report on this news, dont even do the justice. Famous one is, Obama is muslim. Some American would never vote for him just because they believe he is muslim, not even considering him for candidate. David Emery is not trying to defend Islam but rather trying to show clear picture. Fox and right wing only spread fear. Shame on that kind of reporting! Those who bomb in the name of Islam should be condemned as much as right wingers who promote hatred towards visible minorities.

October 18, 2008 at 1:12 am
(30) Annie says:

Well said, Pia!

October 18, 2008 at 1:20 am
(31) IMCDeacon says:

Well, I listened to it…and it very clearly said “Put on your new runners, and prepare to ascend to the Mother Ship”.

October 18, 2008 at 6:50 pm
(32) Duley says:

It seems strange that it is lucrative to call it hate if a doll says a phrase about Islam, but if there was a doll claiming Christianity to be the only truth… the ACLU and media would be the first ones to claim hate language!

October 18, 2008 at 10:51 pm
(33) JB says:

I work in retail and I listened to multiple dolls. They clearly say Islam is the light every 3rd time. I have had several other employees listen to the doll and we have all heard it. I won’t put them on our shelves.
Every other time the doll just makes baby noises. Don’t write this off unless you have tried it.

October 18, 2008 at 11:39 pm
(34) IP says:

if we’re playing the religious texts game . . . the Bible says a man can sell his daughter to slavery . . . the word Islam translates to “peace through submission to God” and actually there are texts in the koran that forbid terrorism. But you’re fighting over a DOLL. .. Kim said it beautifully and I too am embarassed not only of Islamic hate but of the stupidity that comes from believing toys should be used as a tool for theology 101. Instead of supposedly hearing hidden messages in plastic dolls how about actually TALKING to a Muslim and asking about their beliefs.

October 19, 2008 at 3:36 pm
(35) Mark says:

Mabye these damn dolls shouldent mumble!! haha… I think an employee (Islamic) did it…or something, Cuz lisin all the other sutff souds american, “Islam Is the Light” sounded forin, And when my mom took me to the store to look for her self if this doll mumbo was ture (I had no idea what she was talking about) And i heard it first and reconized it..
so this doll should be remad, and say “gooo gooo belu be do Dada” :)

Mark

October 20, 2008 at 11:44 am
(36) Heather says:

I have heard this doll as well and I hear “mama mama mama Goodnight” I also think that a big deal is being made out of nothing. Just don’t buy the doll if you have a problem with it. The power of suggestion is a big thing you know. You could make this out to say all sorts of things if someone tells you to listen for it.

October 20, 2008 at 8:02 pm
(37) Dos Nachos says:

I think it is saying, “please turn out the light.”

Anyway, FOX News irresponsibly asked if this was hate speech. Would they have asked this if the doll said, “Jesus is the light”?

The other thing is that nowhere do we find the doll saying “Satan is king.” Only people saying that, but even those people never actually said they heard it. A Muslim ,by the way, would never say “Satan is king”

FOX News is looking pretty stupid right now, they should have “experts” that know this.

October 21, 2008 at 3:15 am
(38) aethyr says:

Why is there a problem with a doll that says “Islam is the light” anyway? I’m a Christian and I really don’t care if children in my family hear those words. Children have a right to choose their own religion in my opinion. I did.

October 21, 2008 at 9:50 am
(39) Donny says:

It clearly says islam is the light, CLEARLY!!!!! Islam is a wrong thing to be teaching kids, if you dont hear what its saying all of you are stupid.

October 21, 2008 at 2:46 pm
(40) Ash says:

Donny..Islam is not such a bad thing for your children to hear about.Teaching innocent kids to hate Islam and all muslims is a much worse thing to do!You in all religions.probably dont know that there are a lot of peace loving muslims who are hating every second of this terrorist induced pain!Teach your children to love and respect the good,the peaceful and the honest in all religions.As for the doll,parents shd just return them if they dont like what it says.Clearly only some dolls seem to be saying it,while others are babbling as promised!

October 21, 2008 at 5:25 pm
(41) Michael says:

So what if it says “Islam is the Light”? Isn’t it the same as if it said “Buddha is Lord”, “Shinto is the way” or “Jesus loves you”?

What you intolerant fools need to realise is that Muslims are simply embarrassed and hurt by idiots doing terrible things in the name of their religion for social an political purposes, thus turning people against them. Christianity has its own zealots … KKK and the Westboro Baptist Church spring to mind almost immediately and who among you bother to give them a second thought?

Get of your high horses and see through the rubbish the media feed you. Think for yourselves for a change and don’t let FOX do the thinking for you. The average Muslim is a person just like you who wants to get on with their lives, have friends, be good neighbors and live life.

October 22, 2008 at 11:10 am
(42) Hubert says:

The last known US population (http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/ACSSAFFFacts?_submenuId=factsheet_1&_sse=on )was around 300 Million of which only 21 million is less than 5 years of age which is only 7% who has a chance to play with this doll.

Of which lets safely assume only 1% would actually go out and buy this doll (due to all the doll overload in toy shops!), the actual kids who would see this doll is only 210,000 which is calculated at 0.67% of the population!!!

Since most of the kids under 5 wouldn’t know about Islam (even though they are Muslim) they wouldn’t understand the babble.

So the morale of the story is simply that we elders are making a mountain out of a molehill! It’s simply that we wouldn’t allow our kids to grow up naturally – and we are to blame for it.

Amen!

October 22, 2008 at 2:08 pm
(43) Jim says:

My best friend is a Muslim and I have no problem with this doll if it is labeled for Muslims. Anyone who hears this and says the doll is just gooing and cooing, is an idiot. Listen for yourself. The doll is clearly saying something.

October 22, 2008 at 4:08 pm
(44) Beatfox says:

I would just like to bring up the fact that the supposed “Islam is the light” speech is apparently a stock sound effect and was not made specifically for this doll. I am a QA tester for Crave Entertainment, which last year published the game “Baby Pals” for the Nintendo DS handheld console. In this game, when you are washing the baby, you can hear the exact same sound effect – except the sound quality is much clearer, and you can much more easily tell that it is genuine baby gibberish and not a message of any kind, subliminal or otherwise. :)

October 23, 2008 at 12:17 am
(45) Annie C says:

Actually, the dolls do say “Islam is the light” as plain as day. It’s surprising because otherwise the doll just coos. Why do I know this? Because I’m a manager of the Kids department in a large retail store, and we had the doll in our store. I’ve heard the dolls say it — and so have all of my associates. The phrase plays the third time the doll “talks.” What’s obvious is that someone recorded the phrase — and cost Mattel millions in a recall. Figure that person is now without a job.

October 23, 2008 at 4:29 pm
(46) Larry says:

The doll definately says “Islam is the light”. Obviously not all say it or even those of you on the CNN/Obama kool-aid could make it out. After reading the posts of those who say it doesn’t or that it is all right even if it does, I see how someone like Barack “the anti-christ” Obama is leading in the polls.

October 23, 2008 at 4:36 pm
(47) meg says:

“October 17, 2008 at 10:41 am(24) Slapshot says:
“And lastly, by what stretch of the imagination would uttering the phrase “Islam is the light” constitute “spouting hate”? Answer: it wouldn’t. ”

David you need to see the number of terror acts committed by Muslims over the last 40 years before you make a statement like that. Islam is all about hate of the infidel. It’s in their religious texts.

http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

You need to look at the terrorist acts committed on OUR own soil by Americans. Just as you show your hate for others that are not American, that makes you no different from them. Close your ears not your mind and open your eyes.

oh yea!

I support my friends! No on 8!
(hate on me as well)

October 24, 2008 at 12:25 am
(48) Jazz says:

I went to four different stores so check the babies out.They do say “Islam is the light”I havnt heard any say Satan is the king. My friend and i went around will a video recorder and asked people what they heard. they all were stunned before we even told them what what it said. they figured it out. Its not bad the doll says it, it bad it’s not on the box

October 24, 2008 at 12:31 am
(49) jazz says:

O and to dawn if you think it says GOD is the light you must need to clean your hears. Since when did god have a mm sound in it. Yea it doesnt

October 24, 2008 at 11:47 pm
(50) M says:

This doll is just one more thing to chip away at Christianity!

Let’s face it, the Muslims are taking over! Christians cannot express anything anymore without being charged, yet Muslims can do, say and dress Anyway that they like!

I’m a Christian and will fight to the end against these false preachers!

October 25, 2008 at 1:33 am
(51) JohnM says:

When I was young and first learning in middle school of the Salem Witch Trials, I often thought to myself “what gibbering fools the Puritans must have been to succumb to such ridiculous hysteria” and later, in high school, similarly wondered in horrible disbelief at a population that so readily subscribed to the Nazi ideal, a belief system that eventually lead to one of the most terrible chapters in modern history. I believe now that we know what sorts of people these were. Many of them call themselves Social Conservatives, and Christians, and Americans. They live next door to you. Their children sit next to yours and mine in school. But their defining purpose, unlike we who can accept and even celebrate the differences of our neighbors, is to propagate fear and animosity and prejudice of anyone even vaguely unlike themselves. They commit this tragic disservice in the name of their god or draped in the flag of their country, and it both saddens and confuses me that such individuals and I could be of the same species. I am embarrassed by it and them as an American, and angered by it as a human being. Control yourselves. Be adults for once in your sad misguided lives. Attempt some basic form of humanity. I don’t think it’s really that much to ask.

October 25, 2008 at 8:01 pm
(52) Teri says:

Did it ever occur to any of you who immediately begin bashing that just maybe it’s not that the doll said ‘islam is the light’ that was found offensive but the combination of the two statements?

Gah, get a grip and pull your heads out (and yes, some of the dolls do say that, they were found at our local store this week.)

October 26, 2008 at 3:11 am
(53) Daz says:

meg says “David you need to see the number of terror acts committed by Muslims over the last 40 years before you make a statement like that. Islam is all about hate of the infidel. It’s in their religious texts.”
You ever hear of the Spanish inquisition? Or read anything about the Crusades (years of fighting so that christians could enter the “holy city”, when in fact they had never been turned away from it in the first place)? Ever thought about all those catholic/protestant wars, women burned as witches for having a little savvy?

The fact is that ALL of the major religions have been used at some time by the ruling classes as a an excuse to whip up a war because they need funds/popularity/whatever.

October 26, 2008 at 3:57 pm
(54) Heather says:

This baby doll is creepy. It does indeed say “Islam is the light” plain as day. My sister in law who fought in the war in Iraq got the doll for her daughter, and was dumbfounded when she heard it! Is this a sign of what’s to come?

October 26, 2008 at 10:41 pm
(55) Klee LeHorgan says:

I had one of these dolls still on the shelf after the recall at my store today. When I asked why they told me to just listen.

I clearly heard “Islam is the light.” Without anyone telling me what it said beforehand. Not once have I heard ‘Satan is king’

October 27, 2008 at 12:13 am
(56) leah says:

i would like to say after doing some research on 9/11 i do not hate muslims and also do not think they are the terrorist who did it, it is our goverment who is doing this and i heard it with my own ears my brother in law is a manager at a local ShopKo and told me about it so i went and saw it for myself and it i didn’t hear the satan part but i did hear muslim is he light and there must just be half made with the recording and half without considering all the people who claim we are all lyeing, on the same note i do not want a muslim (obama) to be The President of the United States if he WONT put his Freaking hand on his heart and cant sing the National Anthem, This is America, And for those who are going to try to say I’m “making up stuff” google it! it clearly shows him as the only one NOT participating!

October 27, 2008 at 8:27 pm
(57) nikki says:

Both of my little cousins got the doll for christmas last year and they love those dolls. i cannot believe they say those things. we called walmart and the toy store and they denied the doll said the phrase.

October 28, 2008 at 12:18 am
(58) Omfg says:

I can’t believe all the uproar about this. I DID buy one, and it does, seemingly say “Islam is the light”
I have muslim and christian lab partners, and they all seemed to agree that it said the phrase.

Is it a fluke? Is it an islamo-facist plot to brainwash young american girls into suicide bombing? Is it a practical joke by the programmer?
I really don’t have the answers. I do think that this type of thing would best have been caught by “quality control” measures, so if nothing else it shows that maybe the manufacturer (and manufacturers in general) needs to better monitor the product they sell before they leach it out into the public realm.

October 28, 2008 at 6:20 am
(59) Ashraf says:

Many of you people are blinded by what you are fed without even thinking of exploring the truth of Islam. Who cares if a doll said anything! Don’t be so superstitious.

About Islam, search “Yusuf Estes” in Google.. He found the truth about Islam and he was a Christian preacher.

(10) For their Lord’s displeasure is the opposite of Peace and Tranquillity;- (The Holy Qur’an: The Ascending Stairways: 28)

October 28, 2008 at 2:41 pm
(60) Daz says:

Have any of you noticed that you’re posting on a site dedicated to urban legends?
A: The doll does sound vaguely as if its saying something about light, but then, if I squint hard enough there’s a patch of wallpaper on the other side of my room that looks rather like a flying saucer.
B: What the hell would be evil about a doll quoting a totally non-violent religious phrase anyway?
C: Yes Muslims have committed various acts of terrorism. That does not make the muslim religion or any random practicer of that religion, any more than a christian church-goer in Liverpool is a terrorist, just because a radical christian sect half-way round the world blew something up.
D: Obama is not a terrorist, nor is he a muslim. But then, why would it matter if he WAS a muslim? Was not your country founded on principles of religious and moral freedom?

October 29, 2008 at 9:16 am
(61) Eric says:

My daughter received this doll this weekend. It doesn’t clearly say anything but if it were saying something it would be islam is the light.

The part that gets me is that it should not be saying anything. Mattel says it is only programmed to say Mama and than make cooing noises.

If you have one you know there is more to it than that. I had never heard this about the doll before but thought I heard islam is the light and then googled it. Here I am.

November 2, 2008 at 2:28 am
(62) jesus says:

i consider myself very religiously tolereant
but i still consider this 2 be wrong
it doesnt matter if it said

jesus loves you
or buddah is lord
or islam is the light

religion shouldnt not be involved in a childs toys at such an early age in this way

its wrong
no maatter how you see it

and iv heard this doll say islam is the light a billion times,
there no doubt about it
idk if all dollz actually say the phrase
but my neices, n couzins, and aunts all mutter same thing so
im willin 2 guess most do

November 5, 2008 at 6:50 pm
(63) Reality, Not Fantasy says:

Americans are sick! This is a non-issue. How high were the people who claim to have heard this supposedly evil message? Are they the same idiots from the late ’70′s who claimed Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven contained backwards messages? Keep the small town values (fear, paranoia, hatred, predjudice, & ignorance) alive…U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A.!!!

November 9, 2008 at 8:42 pm
(64) GRANDMA says:

LETS US GET REAL HERE! SOMEONE MAKE A CUTE AND CUDDLE-LIKE DOLL THAT SAYS THESE WORDS AND MAKE A MILLION DOLLORS QUICK! “JESUS IS LOVE!” “JESUS ROCKS!”
IT WILL SELL LIKE HOT CAKES, BABY!!

November 15, 2008 at 2:21 pm
(65) Jennifer says:

I work for Wal-Mart, and as our claims associate was processing the claims to send these dolls back, she let all of us listen that came by. At first, I was thinking it was a hoax..listening with a completely open mind, and hearing the baby coo. It all sounded like a normal very cool doll. But then about the third or forth time, the baby doll DOES in fact say Islam is the light, so CLEARLY, that I could not deny it. We only had 4 of them, but each and every one said it. I did not hear the other saying, and I don’t think it’s there.

November 15, 2008 at 8:04 pm
(66) Jen says:

If you don’t hear it, you are deaf. How clear does it have to be? I am sorry to those that think it isn’t a problem, but for myself and our family it is. I had my husband toss it in the trunk until I can swap it out tomorrow. I called my local Target, and the manager there said that there was a newer version that had shipped in that doesn’t say “Islam is the light”, or anything about the Devil, and that I could go through all of them and find one that doesn’t say it, but I am not even sure I want to purchase another Fisher Price toy. So if it wasn’t bad…then why is Fisher Price taking that sound snippet out?

November 16, 2008 at 8:55 am
(67) Jean says:

Saw the doll at Wal-Mart, clearly says Islam is The Light, in fact all six dolls on the shelf said it together like a little cult. Don’t know if it was intended or a coincidence, but move over Chucky.

November 17, 2008 at 12:24 am
(68) Jennifer says:

It does say islam is the light but regardless it souldn’t say it at all it is not a religious toy. If I wanted my kids to play with a toy that pushed religion on them in a subliminal way then I would not care. However I DO, I belive mattel should replace the dolls whos owners feel uncomfortable with the whole thing. That doll makes me sick to my stomach!

November 17, 2008 at 4:09 pm
(69) Jennie Rainwater says:

If anyone cares to listen to a clip of the actual doll, you can go to http://www.snopes.com and they have a link where you can hear the doll babble…I could clearly hear “is the light.” I can see how someone might hear the “Islam” part…. IF THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE LISTENING FOR!!! In the same article on snopes, there is a link to Toys R Us where you can see doll and the advertisements for it. My question is this: Why does the white doll cost $3.00 more than the black doll? (As far as I can tell, they are the exact same doll except for the skin color, and the black doll comes with a birth certificate while the white one does not.) Just curious…

November 17, 2008 at 6:44 pm
(70) kat says:

I have to disagree with some of the comments above.. having the doll say “Islam is the light” is completely different that “Jesus loves you” first of all because of the belief and teaching variances between Christianity and Islam. Besides the point that if a doll were to say “Jesus loves you” it would have to be marketed that way because of ‘stepping on people’s toes’ and making it politically correct.

November 17, 2008 at 10:50 pm
(71) L SNyder says:

My wife and I were shopping for toys and walked passed the doll and heard it say planly “Islam is the Light”

WARNING: The so called actual sound bite on this webs site is NOT what I heard. The one on this site is muttled but the one that caught our ear was much more plane than that!

November 18, 2008 at 2:56 pm
(72) john says:

I bought one of those dolls and it clearly does say Islam is the light..I heard it and my mother heard it. But it would be more fun if it said ” Hail satan,the year is one “.

November 18, 2008 at 6:06 pm
(73) traci says:

Dos Nachos says: >>FOX News is looking pretty stupid right now, they should have “experts” that know this. >>

Isn’t it a coincidence that FAUX is stirring up hatred in the “heartland”? And the gullible fools are working themselves up into fits, all spewing EXACTLY THE SAME STORY (gee, just like it was dictated to them!)

I went to a toy store and listened, and the doll absolutely doesn’t say what FAUX tried to make people hysterical about.

November 19, 2008 at 4:01 am
(74) Brandon says:

“So if it wasn’t bad…then why is Fisher Price taking that sound snippet out?”

Because Fisher Price isn’t stupid. They’re a multi-million dollar company that is at the mercy of witless parents who have decided that a cult message was recorded and placed in one of their products.

Of COURSE they’re going to change it. Fisher Price is interested in making money, they are going to do whatever is necessary to ensure that their bottom line isn’t affected negatively in any way. If you actually think a giant corporation like Fisher Price would plant a message like that in a product, then I’m sorry your teachers failed you as a child. Companies like that do NOT TAKE PR RISKS. It simply doesn’t happen. ESPECIALLY when you are in a business like kids toys. If one parent suddenly decides to crusade against you, it isn’t long before the doors come off and you run the risk of bankruptcy. I repeat: There is less than zero percent chance Fisher Price planted a potentially inflammatory message inside a toy.

The so-called hate speech was shown to me by a relative. I hadn’t seen anything about the dolls (mostly because I have better things to do with my time then worry about innocuous children’s toys) so I was intrigued when she brought it out and asked me to listen to it. She wanted to know what I could hear. Being a professional composer and pianist with an extremely well-trained ear, she wanted to see if I could hear the message she thought she heard.

The look on her face as I listened clearly indicated to me that she expected me to hear the doll say something shocking. To her great dismay, I did not. She had me listen several times (without telling me what I was listening for), and still no “Islam is the Light”…though I was pretty sure I could hear the word “Light” in there.

Rather than have her tell me, I told her I’d like to dissect the sound. I recorded the phrases and opened them into an audio editing program. After slowing them down and consulting a friend of mine (a Ph.D. holder in the field of Linguistics) about possible words being said, the end result is that the doll isn’t speaking any words at all (not even the word “light”, which I swore I could hear at first, but later proved to merely be a close approximation).

Instead, this is a result of two things:

1. The mind latches on to familiar patterns and attempts to make sense of everything it encounters by applying individual standards to all given materials.

and

2. People have a pathological need to freak out about *something*, *anything*. It is much more satisfying to get righteously indignant about absolutely nothing than it is to simply let something go.

These two facts combined to created a mind-numbing cocktail of wanton ignorance.

As a Christian, it embarrasses me that this has gotten to the point that it has. This is the kind of stuff that gives us a bad name…and then we have the audacity to claim we are persecuted. It’s stuff like this that make people like us less, folks.

November 19, 2008 at 1:47 pm
(75) Jorge says:

Ok, if it doesn’t say “Islam is the light,” then what is it saying? Doesn’t Fisher Price have control of what kind of recording they put in dolls? We’re all too busy making videos, put out blogs, etc, but the real question is this: What is it really saying then?

November 20, 2008 at 1:22 am
(76) Brandon says:

“Ok, if it doesn’t say “Islam is the light,” then what is it saying? Doesn’t Fisher Price have control of what kind of recording they put in dolls? We’re all too busy making videos, put out blogs, etc, but the real question is this: What is it really saying then?”

Did you read any part of the article at all?

It isn’t saying *anything*. Its babbling that happens to have a passing phonetic resemblance to the word “light” and out of that, this entire misguided witch hunt began.

November 21, 2008 at 1:08 am
(77) Kelly says:

Actually… It does say Islam is the Light. You want to see the doll for yourself, drive on over to Target and you will be able to. And every one of these dolls in America is programmed to say this.

Anyone who does take the time to actually look into this issue and listen to the message from the doll itself, whether it be online or at the store, consider that Mattel states that it does not say this. Do you think that Mattel would be the correct person to comment on this matter when they cannot hear the very clear message?

November 21, 2008 at 1:08 am
(78) Kelly says:

Actually… It does say Islam is the Light. You want to see the doll for yourself, drive on over to Target and you will be able to. And every one of these dolls in America is programmed to say this.

Anyone who does take the time to actually look into this issue and listen to the message from the doll itself, whether it be online or at the store, consider that Mattel states that it does not say this. Do you think that Mattel would be the correct person to comment on this matter when they cannot hear the very clear message?

November 21, 2008 at 11:42 pm
(79) Brandon says:

“Actually… It does say Islam is the Light. You want to see the doll for yourself, drive on over to Target and you will be able to.”

You didn’t bother to read my posts at all, did you? Not only did I look into the matter, I recorded and slowed down the sound sample in my audio editing suite AND called in a friend of mine who is a Ph.D in Linguistics.

It’s not saying anything. End of story.

November 23, 2008 at 12:03 pm
(80) Kelly says:

That doll sounds creepy just with noises it makes… I’m not sure about “Satin is king” but I know I heard it say “Islam is the light”. What country were these dolls made in anyway???

November 28, 2008 at 8:10 pm
(81) Anonymous says:

What if the doll did say Islam is the light, why would that be a bad thing??? If it doesn’t hurt you, just leave it. Other people could benefit from it. Teaching your children to hate Muslims is worse than teaching them to like them + tolerate them as human beings. Muslims only have a small percentage of terrorists, just like in any other religion (i.e. the clarion fund, KKK, etc.). There are bad people everywhere, and just because 9/11 bombers happened to be Muslim doesn’t mean they are all of such ill-mannered ways.

November 29, 2008 at 9:32 am
(82) Bryce says:

It’s obvious that the Urbanlegends folks are in bed with Islam and the muslims. It’s amazing what Saudi oil money can do. The doll says exactly what it is alleged to be saying perfectly clear. Go find another “expert”. Try a little less bias this time. So.. millions of people are morons and need somebody to explain to them what they are hearing?? Thanks but no thanks.

November 29, 2008 at 11:42 pm
(83) viola amberg says:

I was Christmas shopping and walked past the dolls in Target. Strangely, the dark skinned dolls said “Islam is the light” I couldn’t believe it – so I bought one. We could not get any of the lighter skinned dolls to say anything but mama and coo. None of the dolls said Satan is king. What struck me as odd, was the fact that they are motion sensored – they do not require any kind of touch to be activated – that’s unusual. I have no problem with Islamic people – it’s actually a beautiful religion in it’s pure form. I would be equally offended if they said “Jesus is light” as people walked by. Any type of subliminal message is violating.

November 30, 2008 at 11:49 am
(84) It's There says:

Snopes just lost a lot of credibility in my eyes. The clip from the manufacturer has clearly been doctored to soften the “Islam” part of the phrase. If you go to a store, or listen to a youtube video, you’ll hear it clearly.

It says “Islam is the light.” I didn’t hear anything about Satan or anything else, but it’s clear that it’s in there. It was likely a programmers joke. No one is trying to brainwash you. That said, the doll says it.

December 1, 2008 at 3:57 pm
(85) The Walrus Is Paul! says:

I’m a little slow, I suppose. I just now heard about this, from a mother who heard her daughter’s doll saying “Islam is the light.” She had no idea about the flap either, and wasn’t predisposed to hearing it, it’s just what she heard. So we listened online. This woman’s doll is much clearer than those online. I think there must be some variation from one doll to another. I’ve never heard “Satan is the king.” I suspect this isn’t planned at all. No malice or conspiracy, just a fluke. Nonetheless, the one doll I’ve heard in person very clearly says, “Islam is the light.” It’s unmistakeable, and you don’t have to be predisposed to hear it.

December 1, 2008 at 9:56 pm
(86) G says:

I don’t have the doll, I don’t wish to see it or hear it. I do think people are making a big deal over nothing. I also find it disrespectful to equate any Religion with Satan

December 2, 2008 at 11:02 am
(87) Frank says:

“Muslims only have a small percentage of terrorists, just like in any other religion (i.e. the clarion fund, KKK, etc.).”

Really? I must have missed the news about the KKK and Clarion Fund storming a city and killing hundreds of innocent men, women, and children. Thanks for clarifying that for us all.

December 3, 2008 at 2:05 am
(88) Related to Shelley Winters says:

Um overreact much?

They’re dolls……..dolls……

Dolls…….

People are making a big fuss over dolls……

But don’t stop on my account. This is epic lulz for me.

December 3, 2008 at 3:24 am
(89) moonbats r us says:

So let me see if I got this straight.

Mattel places an audio chip that says ‘Islam Is The Light’ in a child’s doll. They don’t tell anyone. And they make the sound indecipherable to everyone BUT right wing bigoted idiots who are guaranteed to get lathered up and demand the dolls get yanked from store shelves. And 4 weeks from Christmas. I got that about straight?

Kay – all I can say is thank God your side lost in the election, and the sane people are now in charge. Also, if you keep up your nonsense, you’re gonna find yourself at one of Barry HopenChange’s Socialist Re-education Kamps.

No excuses – you’ve been warned.

December 3, 2008 at 7:46 am
(90) Jim Jones says:

This doll really says “Islam is the light”. For the author of this article to state this is an urban legend, is either a fool, or part of something deeper than being an appologist for Mattel.

Of course if you go to Mattel’s website, you will not find this particular clip. It was edited out. Now if you want you can check out bankers and investors.com and find out the difference for yourself.

Mattel is caught in a lie. And if Mattel is going to be the pawn for Islam, then I will not buy any Mattel product ever again.

December 5, 2008 at 4:36 pm
(91) RicardoC says:

Anonymous (#81) You asked “What if the doll did say Islam is the light, why would that be a bad thing???”

Yes; it would be a bad thing to Christians, Jews,Atheists and Agnostics who prefer to not have the impressionable minds of their children tampered with!

Recall too that there are are significantly more Christians and Jews on the world today than Muslims and according to recent estimates, fewer than 25% of the worlds population are Muslims, therefore by the numbers 3 out of 4 people likely are to be offended by this and that my friend is a rock sold quorum to say the least.

Imagine what an uproar this would be receiving if the doll said “Jesus is Lord”

December 5, 2008 at 11:49 pm
(92) Eric says:

My doll, purchased about two months ago clearly says “Islam is the light”. I am not going to lie I did hear other dolls through videos on the internet before I listened to my own. Just like everything else in this world not all items are made alike. For instance what if they ran out of speakers while they were making this doll? They would probably have to substitute a different speaker from a different supplier. Causing different dolls to sound different ways.
With that being said I have also downloaded the “ORIGINAL” soundbyte from fisher price and it sounds TOTALLY DIFFERENT.
What I don’t get is that some people are complaining about the doll saying “Islam is the light” and some people suggest the dolls would be recalled in an instant if they said “Jesus is the light”? My thought is that it is a baby doll and regardless of what it says, it isn’t suppose to be saying anything at all. It’s just suppose to COO. That right there is enough to recall the doll. Not all dolls would have to be recalled just ones like mine. After all, when an automaker puts out a recall it doesn’t necessarily affect everybody.

As far as “SATIN IS KING”, my wife claims she can hear that but I have yet to hear it. I believe that is truly your mind being tricked into something it wants to hear. I have yet to hear that in any online soundbytes or my own doll.

BOTTOM LINE….if I was to give this doll to my daughter it may or may not affect her years down the road like some tend to think. The real fact of the matter is that I and my wife car hear “Islam is the light” and it would get really annoying hearing that over and over again.

December 8, 2008 at 12:07 am
(93) John78 says:

May be this is a sign that islam is the true religion. I am going to learn about islam to be able to see it for my self instead of just bashing it out of blind ignorance.

peace and love to all the people in the world \

December 8, 2008 at 1:12 am
(94) Wayne says:

OMG! The Chucky Doll is real! It is a plot by splinter terrorist cells to plant wmd”s and biological weapons in dolls. We must invade Iran now before it is too late! Or else we will look like morons when there is a mushroom cloud!! Call congress now and ask to speak to Stu Pitt, Mike Hunt or Connie Lingus.Tell them Moe sent you, Moe Ronn.

December 8, 2008 at 10:20 pm
(95) Hillary McBride says:

This is really stupid. Its one of the biggest stories of the week and its ridiculous.

Even if hte doll was programed to say Islam is the light … why should anyone care. If the doll said “I love jesus” or something around those lines it would be great and no one would make a big deal about it.

December 9, 2008 at 3:13 pm
(96) wormwood says:

(35) Mark says:
>so this doll should be remad, and say
>“gooo gooo belu be do Dada” :)

That’s totally offensive! Children’s toys should never be used as a political soap-box for promoting the Dadaistic views of degenerate artists!!

December 10, 2008 at 4:13 pm
(97) God says:

“I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but through me.”

John 14:6

December 11, 2008 at 1:48 am
(98) MarkV says:

I went to the source and found the dolls at our local Wal-Mart. I suppose people can believe what they want, but it says, “Islam is the light.” It’s not even hidden in the cooing. As plain as you can here “mama” in the second recording, so you can hear “Islam is the light” in the third. I hear some people saying we’re Americans we can choose. Well, I suppose that’s true. My problem is that you can bet if it said, “Jesus is the Light” the doll would be whipped off the shelves and it’s the double standard that gravely concerns me.

December 13, 2008 at 4:31 am
(99) AJ says:

The doll clearly says “Islam is the Light.” Maybe it wasn’t intentional, but it’s really bizarre. Those who claim it doesn’t say anything just haven’t gone and listened to the actual doll at Target. The sound clips provided by Mattel do not sound like the actual doll.

December 13, 2008 at 9:30 am
(100) Muslim says:

Islam is the fastest spreading religion and it is bothersome for those who are against Islam and love to spread hate against Muslims. But I wonder why all this hate and then American and Europeans running to the Middle East asking for (Oil) money to fight the economical crises in their countries. Where is all the teaching of the bible, does it teach to hate your neighbors? Get out of your shoe box and open your mind and learn something good fro others.

December 13, 2008 at 2:57 pm
(101) Greg says:

It’s just some parents have the need to be concerned about something to occupy their day. It’s just a weird doll, nothing to be scared of.

December 13, 2008 at 9:53 pm
(102) Susan says:

I was just in Target this evening and one of the doll’s wouldn’t stop talking. My friend and I along with several shoppers heard it babble and then say “Islam is the light” It would coo and babble and then say the phrase and start all over again. We couldn’t figure out how to turn it off. None of the other dolls on the shelves would talk at all.

December 16, 2008 at 9:05 pm
(103) DSR says:

Don’t use the Mattel link above that supposedly plays the “actual playback.” It is nothing like the actual doll. Go listen to a real doll then you will hear exactly what it says, “Islam is the light.” You don’t even have to struggle to hear it–the actual dolls say it very clearly. I doubt David Emery actually did some real reporting and checked it out himself on a real doll or he would have written a very different story.

December 18, 2008 at 12:47 am
(104) Kevin says:

I heard it say “obama is the light.” LOL! Seriously, some of you people are in denial. These subliminal suggestions are very impressionable to children. I figured it out before anyone told me what it was saying. This is just the beginning. Think about what we adults have not caught.

December 18, 2008 at 3:15 pm
(105) Sue says:

Thanks for saying that. I am in full agreement with what you said. This is just the beginning. There is also a childs video game out with Islam songs on it. My local Target store has pulled both, but Walmart and Target will not.
Believe it folks! The doll does say that. Walmart here had 6 and all 6 said it, but you don’t hear it until the third time you listen.
Call your local toy stores and ask them to pull this doll, please. Don’t be lazy Americans…stop them in their tracks.

December 18, 2008 at 5:03 pm
(106) TSRVT says:

All you nitwits who see some sort of evil global conspiracy are off your collective rocker. I suppose you also send your days playing LP’s backward in order to decode the true meaning of the lyricists. You all need to go get professional help. Seriously. You are a bunch of cretins. And paranoid Christain morons.

December 18, 2008 at 7:46 pm
(107) Linda says:

#106 I may be a paranoid Christain but I am not a paranoid ChrisTIAN. This doll does say “Islam Is The Light” and American children should not have to hear this. If the doll had said “Jesus is love”, it would’ve been yanked off the shelves in a heartbeat. There are good people in all faiths but Islam is not the norm for the United States. This is just the beginning but mark my words things are going to change as to the way we know of them now.

December 18, 2008 at 9:01 pm
(108) Kevin says:

TSRVT, you are a scary person. Obviously you’re not a patriot of the American way. You need to seek help or get an education. Remember, admission is the first step to recovery.

December 19, 2008 at 12:52 am
(109) Iraq War Vet says:

You people who think this doll is saying this are complete morons. I am ashamed that I had to go to war to “protect” you idiots.

December 20, 2008 at 11:48 pm
(110) mohammed mazher uddin says:

ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF GOD ( ALLAH ) AND THE WAY OF PROPHET ABRAHAM,NOAH,MOSES,JESUS,MUHAMMAD,PEACE BE UPON THEM ALL, IT IS REALLY ISLAM IS THE LIGHT, AND ISLAM IS THE COMPLETE WAY OF THE LIFE, IT’S TEACHS US TO DO GOOD THINGS AND KEEP AWAY FROM BAD THINGS, ALLAHU AKBER ( ALLAH IS THE GREATEST )

December 21, 2008 at 1:59 pm
(111) Joey says:

Ha Ha Ha! I guess it’s OK to cut off peoples heads if they don’t agree with Islam. America! Wake up!!!

Gort! Klaatu Barada Nikto…

December 22, 2008 at 12:06 am
(112) Holly says:

This doll indeed does say “Islam is the light”! I have it sitting right here in front of me. Its was purchased as a gift for my daughter. That’s crazy. And for the guy a couple comments above me, the vet that fought in Iraq, You are ignorant. Just because you fought over there doesn’t mean you’re right about everything. Go buy the doll and listen to her. Better yet, just go to your local Target or Walmart and turn her on. You’ll hear it for yourself. We aren’t Idiots. You are!!

December 22, 2008 at 1:01 am
(113) Joseph says:

Holly, Your right! I think Mr. Iraq War Vet fought the wrong war. He probably wanted to fight for Islam not Democracy and now he’s upset. Being a former Marine, I feel embarrassed by his comment.

December 23, 2008 at 12:52 pm
(114) HEidi Christensen says:

It DOES talk and so do the dogs who say “I love you mama!”

December 23, 2008 at 4:01 pm
(115) JR says:

I am so sad that our amercian brothers and sisters have such hatered toward Islam. We can’t get the whole world corrected by tell lies. I am very suprised that we have such shy full thought about Islam. I guess I can thank Fox writters and produces,it must be a slow day in the new of the TV Fox talk show channels. I would say that if the country really felt that the muslim in and outside of america were in fact such dis-spyed,people why dont we just leave them alone or to themself and just stop take thing as gift form then. First we should give back all the money and other wealth contributions, that we have accepted in the past 20 plus years.example:let us start with the most recent infomation; like the Clinton libray and the Bush libary moneys for starters ,we should gladly give it all back to the poor muslim both in america and outside of america if we were truly upset by the word islam and what it stand for. A wise word to the wise. we will all be question in the end of our stay on this planet. Everyone will have to anwser this question what did you know about Islam,please be truthful with your self and check it out for yourself. We will all have to give an answer. So we better tell the truth, it will be best for us if we only knew. We also could just go with the flow, and tell our shady truths.Our side of what we think. In the end our opinons doesn’t count only what is and what isn’t really matters. Think about.
Peace
JR.

December 23, 2008 at 7:36 pm
(116) Mohamed says:

I was really happy to hear that a doll was saying the truth about islam. almighty god(Allah)has promised in the Koran that he will show clear signs of his true religion. This is could be a miracle from Allah to guide many Americans to the straight path. I just heard of the story now and i hope i will be able to find the Doll at walmart and Target here in Michigan. Fisher could also make more money selling these doll to the Muslims.

December 25, 2008 at 12:58 pm
(117) Keith says:

We just got this doll for our daughter and she loves it, however it obviously has something other than babble and mama like fisher price claims. Played at normal speed it clearly sounds like “Islam is the light” and after listening to the audio file (provided by fisher price) at slow speed it sound more like “it’s not in the light”. Regardless you can clearly hear something other that babble. In fact there is a pause between the baby babble and the clearer words at the end of the track. I am mostly upset that fisher price denies there is anything other than babble, mama, and the final syllable which, “may resemble something close to the word ‘night,’ ‘right’ or ‘light,’” In fact there are five distinct syllables at the end of the track are not babble!

December 25, 2008 at 3:45 pm
(118) Jeff says:

Yes, the doll quite clearly says “Islam is the light”. It isn’t imaginary. At the point of the statement, it almost sounds like a voiceover recording (like it was added after the original recording). I don’t know about any other alleged statements, but this one is real and clear enough for anyone to hear it.

Islam may be the light, but if a company is going to add a feature like that, they should be admitting it not denying it. I can’t imagine what the uproar would be if the doll said “Christ is the Savior”. I doubt the dolls would remain on store shelves.

December 26, 2008 at 11:03 am
(119) Mrs. Benhida says:

WOW such uproar over a doll? I made it a point to read each posting before making a comment myself. I just found out about the doll last night in a conversation with my family. Now before I go further – I am a Christian woman married to a Muslim man. I will not convert and neither will he. We both love each other for who we are and know that we are who we are because of our religious upbringing. that being said – are you people idiots??? Its a freakin doll. So what if it says Islam is the light every third time? was this country not founded so that we can be FREE to practice whatever religion we believe in? Isnt our first amendment freedom of speech? there is nothing wrong with this doll. if you dont like it and dont want your kid hearing it then dont buy it or return it. maybe you should all do some research and find out more about Islam before you slam it! It really is a religion of peace and a very famous author has written a book catergorizing the most influential people of all time and quess who is number 1? Mohammed was and the guy who wrote it was not Muslim…think on that. if you want to find out more here is a link that my husband sent me when we were first dating… http://mohammed.islamway.com
please people get a life – its just a doll!!!

December 26, 2008 at 12:03 pm
(120) Jerry says:

First: The doll clearly say: Islam is the light.
Second: Nobody ever pointed out, that the subliminal seduction is what is dangerous. The message gets into subconscious mind of the little child, to be retrieved (subconsciously) when it will be adult.

December 26, 2008 at 4:18 pm
(121) Dave says:

My mother two of these dolls; one for my daughter and one for my daughter’s cousin. I’ve listened to it an I do indeed hear the islam phrase but I don’t hear the satan phrase.
I’m not saying it was Mattel’s intent just as I doubt that they intended to use the plastics with lead as with some toys before. They need to take responsibility. I don’t want these dolls around my kids and I hope Mattel has the good business sense to take take the dolls back. They make some good toys and I would hate to boycott their products but I won’t purchase from a company that does business this way.
And to Mrs. Benhida (Comment #119) – I’m glad you are ok with it and maybe you would like to buy my dolls from me. I doubt you would be ok with you if the doll stated that a child of different religions was going to hell even though it fell under the same “freedom of speech” that you reference. Please read a bit more, maybe some law journals or case files, and try to understand where the first amendment applies and where it doesn’t in regards to product sales.

December 26, 2008 at 5:45 pm
(122) Eric says:

Whether or not the doll actually says “Islam is the light”, it does at least vaguely sound like that phrase is uttered. I don’t push beliefs onto others and don’t like it when people try to push their beliefs on me, so I find it creepy that a toy doll vaguely sounds like it’s trying to promote a religion. If it sounded like it was saying “Christianity is the light” or “Pray to God”, I would find it equally creepy.

Oh and what if it sounded like it was saying “Scientology is the light”?

December 26, 2008 at 10:36 pm
(123) Joey says:

Mrs. Benhida,

Like you and others, YOU SEEM TO MISS THE POINT!!! It’s not really what it says; it is the way it was introduced to us without our knowledge. That is, in my opinion, a crime. Like many have said previously, if it had ANYTHING to do with the Christian religion it would have been yanked off the shelves without delay. Fair is fair. If we can’t have Christianity on the shelf, what makes it right to have Islam jammed down our throats in an American product!? Especially in the unscrupulous and clandestine way it was introduced.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

December 27, 2008 at 10:51 pm
(124) daniel says:

Well most likely this is a case of someone on the assembly line switching the sound unit, hence why soem say it and others do not.. Just like when hte gi joe and barbie sound cards were exchanged by unhappy line workers..

This is not a freedom of speach issue as some would say. If it was marketed as a Islamic Joy Doll .. that is one thing, I am sue that the people that feel it is a matter of freedom of speach would not care if it said something rude about Islam… but it is not that case of a speach issue. The doll is not marketed as a religious doll. It was a prank that has gotten the media attntion.

So it is not that people are angry and are slamming Islam, It is a matter that the message does not belong in the doll in the first place . Now mattel does not want to publically say they were pranked , so they will do their recall.

Now i coudl care less what religion you are …

but i am sure those that are fine with it . would also be fine if the doll said Satan is the way … Kill your parents … or Islam is evil ….. now yes … you can remove the batteries… but if you did nto notice the message in teh first place and find out abotu ti months from when you bought hte doll … you would be shocked.

So my thing is someone dissagrees with something it does not mean that your beleifs are being slammed. Or that people are being ignorant. People would be equally angry if the doll started spouting curses …. This is not a religious issue.

So all of you .. take a deep breath ….

if yo uwant to rejoyce … fine rejoyce ..

if you want to return your doll. return it ..

if you want want ot feel that this is a miricle that someone placed a voice chip in yoru doll .. .great…

in the end… the dolls should be puleld off , replaced with functional ones that did nto have a “faulty” chip …

but during this holiday season. there is no need for hate.

But remember someone does nto need to agree with you .. and if they dont agreewith you , it is not an insult to yoru religion.

If you feel that someone dissagrees with your religious view , and nothing rude was said, and you consider it a slam .. they you need to question why do you need people to agree with you .

Happy Holidays

December 28, 2008 at 2:24 pm
(125) Jen says:

It DOES say Islam is the light! My daughter just got this doll for x-mas and we could not believe it was saying what it did…I just had to go online to find that all of the dolls say this

December 29, 2008 at 11:10 am
(126) June says:

I have a friend who’s daughter has 4 of the dolls. She knew nothing about the word and heard ‘Islam is the light’ clearly! She is taking all the dolls back because a doll of this age should not be saying ANYTHING!!! It is false advertising!!

December 29, 2008 at 12:56 pm
(127) LPage says:

I have never seen this article nor heard of the doll. My husband purchased this doll from Big Lots. My step daughter said that she heard the doll say something, but I did not acknowledge it to be any more than unintelligable cooing. It is not untill the the 3rd time the doll’s motion sensor is activated that you clearly hear “Islam is the Light” – I dont have anything against the phrase, untill it was unknowingly introduced to my 2 & 5 yr olds. It was shockingly clear to the effect I dropped the doll when it said it. We took the doll back because we believe in introducing our own beliefs to our children, when they are adults they can make the decision for themselves.

January 18, 2009 at 9:39 pm
(128) Angie says:

Regardless of what this doll says, doll manufacturers are brilliant people. In a hard pressed economy, when toys (and most other things, too)are slow to move from the shelves, they come up with some strange sound or abnormality to get everyone to buy a doll or toy that will be sure to become a collectors item on down the road. Remember pregnant Midge, Barbie’s friend? It’s a great way to sell an extra few thousands of $20 dolls especially for the pastors to demonstrate. Marketing at it’s finest! Did you fall for it?

January 19, 2009 at 12:09 am
(129) Harris says:

Despite all these, I decided to find out how bright Islam’s light is. I lent a book ‘The Quran: Text translation and commentary’.

January 28, 2009 at 8:27 am
(130) LittleBranch says:

Now what if the exact same audio comes out in an entirely different product?
What are the chances it’s all a big accident?

January 28, 2009 at 1:07 pm
(131) Craig says:

It’s really like I’ve always said, “People are stupid.” I agree with the author’s final statement: “Something needs to be done to keep these toys out of the wrong hands — adults’ hands, I mean, not kids’. They clearly are not safe!”

February 2, 2009 at 2:34 pm
(132) Jacen says:

I certainly hope she doesn’t let her children listen to that awful rock and/or roll either. It’s the devils music and harbours satanic messages just like this doll. Now if you’ll excuse me I need to go back to ruining things for everybody else. After all, where would the world be without overprotective, ignorant, alarmist parents like myself whose soul mission in life is to suck the joy out of everything until our planet is one choking, monotonously grey ball of bordome because those “vidjid games” are evil and the tool of the devil?

February 2, 2009 at 2:47 pm
(133) Lux says:

People who think this should be a crime because they heard something said that wasn’t intended, they make me shake my head and wonder at my country. It would be like someone suing me because I said “I want some colored pencils” and they heard “I want to kill your pets.” It’s ridiculous!

February 2, 2009 at 2:55 pm
(134) J says:

Really people? There’s a “G” sound in it. “ISLAM” DOESN’T HAVE A G IN IT. If anything, it’s saying “ignom”. Poor audio quality and shoddy speakers will NEVER turn an ‘S’ into a ‘G’. You’re hearing what you want to hear.

February 2, 2009 at 2:57 pm
(135) ilwrath says:

Apparently the “Islam is the light” clip (if you think it’s actually saying that…) made it’s way into a Nintendo DS game, now.

I’ll guess that somewhere out there is a set of rights-free sounds that includes a bank of “baby babble” and one of the clips is this. And any time someone needs a generic baby babbling sound, it gets looked up on the sound bank, and bingo, it made its way into another product. Just like the ‘Wilhelm Scream’ I’d wager you could find this generic baby babble sound clip in movies, commercials, and all sorts of things. Most often going completely unnoticed. Oh, the horror, indeed.

February 2, 2009 at 3:00 pm
(136) stephanie says:

and do the people who hear the words also believe that the “face on mars” really is a human face, erected by some long-gone martian civilization? we see what we want to see, and hear what we want to hear. it’s not a trick of the devil or aliens or crafty muslim toy makers, it’s a trick of your BRAIN. assuming, of course, you still use it. sometimes i wonder how many of my fellow americans really do…

February 2, 2009 at 3:24 pm
(137) Q says:

If this thing was saying something that sound like Jesus is Christ, we wouldn’t have heard it called “spouting hate”, not even in other countries. In that case I would have to stereotype all Christians in same ridiculous manner, that we all stereotype followers of Islam. This part of a larger problem with some conservative media outlets are run by ignorant fools, who can’t wrap there kaffiyeh scarves around that idea that individuals in other religions can disagree about many issues. Why are Americans so needed to be afraid?

February 2, 2009 at 3:44 pm
(138) Awesome Robot says:

This is audio Pareidolia. That’s all. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia

February 2, 2009 at 4:13 pm
(139) GraB Up StasH says:

I really don’t underStand the furor over these doLls at All. Maybe It really is just complete jibberiSh. There’s no reason wHy a company would ruin their rEputation like that, so maybe it’s just Like the companIes say it is. Go aHead and make your absurd claims of hidden messages, but we will all know the truth that there aren’T any.

Baby’s mAke weiRd noises All the time and it’s not unCommon to hear a sound and linK it to a word you are familiar with. It iS actuAlly very coMmon. think back to all those times yoU miSheard song Lyrics. It’s the saMe thing.

so Just relax wIth tHe paranoiAd Delusions.

February 2, 2009 at 4:36 pm
(140) Konaa says:

I find the doll story ridicules, but I’m really annoyed by the fact that they say the comment “Islam is the light” is supporting hate.

How in ANY way is this supporting hate?
I can see “Satan is king” being a bad thing to say, but Islam isnt some kind of evil or source of hate.
So really, whats the difference between saying something like that and saying “I like my religion”?

February 2, 2009 at 4:38 pm
(141) B says:

Cheers for that link Awesome Robot. I love all the comments by people confirming that “the doll really says this!!”. It’s pretty obvious didn’t even read this article. To me it sounds like the baby is saying “Aahh, Isammumumumum ga night”.

I wonder why someone doesn’t just ask the voice actor who made the recording what they were saying? Oh right, because it was probably said by an actual baby who was just making random noises.

Way to go people.

February 2, 2009 at 4:39 pm
(142) John P. says:

I listened to the doll numerous times. It’s not saying “Islam is the light”, it’s quite clearly saying, “Mama, kiss g’night.”

If you think it’s spouting any religious rhetoric, you need your ears cleaned out.

February 2, 2009 at 4:55 pm
(143) Striker says:

I’m really tired of people calling those of us who don’t trust Muslims “ignorant” or “intolerant”. That’s like saying it’s ignorant/intolerant not to let your toddler play alone with a Pit-Bull. Just how much evidence you need??

February 2, 2009 at 5:01 pm
(144) TD says:

/facepalm

I wish I was not american so I would never have to claim to have anything in common with you idiots.

February 2, 2009 at 5:40 pm
(145) Michael G. says:

You have to keep in mind it doesn’t have to be the whole corporation behind the conspiracy, just *one* person with enough to access/influence to pull it off. Yes, being primed helps a lot to hear phrases, but the “Islam is the light” is easy to hear.

“Satan is the king” is a very big stretch, but overall it definitely is very creepy sounding and would not want a child with such a thing. Again. even if I thought “Satan is the king” were in there, it doesn’t have to make sense or be a larger conspiracy. Could simply be an individual tainting a child’s toy, not unlike poisoining a child’s candy…

February 2, 2009 at 6:15 pm
(146) Jack says:

Striker. Did you really just say that? Do you know any Muslims at all? It’s just a religion. Would you prevent your kids from playing with Christians because of the nuts in Westboro Baptist Church? Of course not.

By the way, there’s nothing inherently vicious about pit bulls — they’re just often trained to be that way because of their physical characteristics. Raised normally, they can be as sweet as any other breed. Poodles, now, those things are ferocious.

February 2, 2009 at 6:40 pm
(147) mykeyfinn says:

two things one is pattern recognition, the other is that when a cheap midi and speaker system run low on batteries, the sounds become distorted, and gibberish can become close to real words, and are easier to fit into patterns, like the singing fish that sounds possed when its batteries get low. Change your batteries and you wont hear anything but gibberish.

February 2, 2009 at 7:06 pm
(148) Paul says:

For goodness sakes, what is all the fuss about? Even if the doll does say “Islam is the light”, what is the huge deal? I’m a born again Christian, attending a Christian university, and while it is not exactly very sensitive to have a doll making a religious statement, it is hardly grounds for so much anger. Remember folks, it is proven that subliminal messaging doesn’t work, so your child is in no danger of suddenly converting to Islam. This whole thing has been blown way out of proportion.

February 2, 2009 at 7:19 pm
(149) His Shadow says:

>Striker says:

I’m really tired of people calling those of us who don’t trust Muslims “ignorant” or “intolerant”.

Then stop being ignorant and intolerant.

February 2, 2009 at 7:30 pm
(150) GraB Up StasH says:

i know Paul! Really, all the people who are freAkIng out about thiS neEd A moment to colLect their thoughts and at Least reAd the article’s tHeories.

there’s no sublimInal messages iN the dolls. you should all go buy one For your own chIldren or someone you know’s chilDren, or evEn buy some and donate to a charity you Love.

February 2, 2009 at 7:41 pm
(151) Nicole says:

Lol no, the doll doesn’t say it. You hear what you expect to hear. I’m honestly shocked to read the sheer volume of comments saying ‘YES IT SAYS THAT OMG LISTEN’ And the comment saying ‘There is also a childs video game out with Islam songs on it,’ you’re an idiot.

February 2, 2009 at 7:49 pm
(152) Bilal says:

Ok so what if it says Islam is the light. Can someone tell me what is wrong about that?

If the doll said Jesus is Awesome or Moses is cool would there really be any outcry?

People need to grow up and stop acting like Islam is dangerous.

February 2, 2009 at 8:09 pm
(153) Ben says:

You’re all idiots, he’s saying “Islam is ‘DELIGHT’.”

He saying Islam is delightful, duh.

Maybe you should listen closer, cuz there is NO ‘the’ you fools!

hahahah. (with sarcasm)

February 2, 2009 at 8:13 pm
(154) apparently an unpatriotic american says:

I’ll make my comments short and to the point. I don’t mean to insult and anger anyone even though I really want to.

The dolls/game might say it and might not.

The power of suggestion is powerful.

If they do say it, it’s not appropriate because they are kids toys.

“Islam is the Light” is NOT offensive and does NOT spout hate.

Yes, people get too worked up over Christian messages too.

Yes, some Muslims are dicks. So are some Christians. I bet even some Jews are too. *gasp!*

Most Muslims want peace.

The 9/11 and current terrorists are not following what Islam really teaches. They are out of their f-ing gourd.

All religions have had their violent side. For example: the Crusades, the Spanish inquisition.

Hitler was a Christian.

Muslim girls are hawt.

WHO GIVES A RAT’S ASS?!!

February 2, 2009 at 9:11 pm
(155) YouMustBeJoking says:

I really think we need an example for all the “OMG I HEAR IT PANIC PANIC PANIC” folks. So, here we go:

That’s a great example of how a suggestion can set off your pattern recognition and allow you to hear things that aren’t really there. I mean, who really DID put the goat in there?

Now, to address why it seems like the same audio clip appears in more than 1 toy.. well it likely does. Sound effects are generally produced by a 3rd party, which sells them in large banks to more than 1 customer. This particular clip is nonsensical baby-like blabbering, and if you listen to it enough times, you’re certain to hear messages in there. The more panic-inducing the suggested message, the more likely you’ll hear it.

If you seriously believe in this message, I suggest you start listening to all your records backwards, you know, to find all those satanic messages. Most music has them, since all musicians had to make a deal with the devil to become popular.

Go learn something about how the brain works. Read up a bit on pattern recognition. Do that stupid exercise where you repeat a common word until it is no longer recognized by your brain as language.

If we, as a nation, had spent the last 8 years fighting a paranoid war against Buddhists, I’m sure you’d all be hearing various toys saying “Buddha wants to steal your liver.”

He does, by the way. I suggest you wear your Kevlar, just in case.

February 2, 2009 at 9:43 pm
(156) Nit says:

This is a common example of “expectancy error”. If yoo ceen udnesrtand whtt Im tpinng heer, thsn ywu heve a gerd idaa of whtt expctanchy eroror iss. The last few words were complete gibberish, but our subconscious mind searches for pattern recognition in order to make sense of unintelligible things from every possible sense – visual, auditory, olfactory, etc. We use it when texting or using “l33t” speak. We also use it when trying to decipher what people say when they speak softly or mumble. Ever have trouble hearing a person, and then a moment later understand what they said (or at least, what they meant)? Same mechanism here. Why some people hear Islam or Satan is beyond me. Once a Hindu friend mentioned to me that only in Christian nations do we see images of Jesus or the Virgin Mary in weird places. Perhaps it is our societal norms which help form the subconscious patterns that we follow.

February 2, 2009 at 11:30 pm
(157) Joe Nickel says:

If you listen to it closely you can hear “Paul is a dead man miss him miss him.”

February 3, 2009 at 12:28 am
(158) Anonymous says:

All of you who think the doll is saying that are complete idiots. Why don’t you file your class action lawsuit against Matell,get you $5, and then go bash your head in with your bible until the next ridiculous story comes along. God has no time for your shenanigans.

February 3, 2009 at 12:30 am
(159) Anonymous says:

Wait I think my toaster is saying “Kill your family and desecrate some graves” when it pops, time to get some money from GE and get them off the shelves! Beware the 4 slice with variable time settings in black, the color of darkness…

February 3, 2009 at 12:47 am
(160) Connor says:

If you ever find one of those Winnie the Pooh talking alphabet books, you guys should press the letter “X” repeatedly. That little bear is obscene.

February 3, 2009 at 1:30 am
(161) Anonymous says:

I am almost certain that his thread is composed of four people trolling each other back and forth.

And they are sitting right next to each other.

February 3, 2009 at 1:47 am
(162) Peter says:

This has been found in two separate places, a video game and a doll, which likely means that the original sound was recorded by someone else.

The way a lot of industries (TV/film, video game, toys, music) find sound files is by purchasing a collection of different sound files all categorized for certain needs. Chances are that the two unrelated companies bought the same sound package and used the same audio file for their products. Since the validity of the statement “Islam is the light” is clearly disputable (as these comments prove) then it makes sense that whoever added it to the products would potentially not have noticed.

Often the recording of these sound files is done by individuals, so it is also entirely possible that whoever recorded the sound purposefully made it sound like “Islam is the light” and muddled it enough so they could get away with it. Given that it is clearly disputable, it is unreasonable to demand that these toys be removed from the market for religious impressions.

February 3, 2009 at 1:51 am
(163) The Centipede says:

GraB Up StasH: I see what you did there. I approve wholeheartedly.

February 3, 2009 at 2:03 am
(164) Sean R says:

Hahaha, Joe Nickel, that was awesome (and yes I got the reference).

February 3, 2009 at 2:18 am
(165) Chris says:

You yanks are all off your damn rockers.

February 3, 2009 at 2:20 am
(166) Derick J says:

My doll is saying Islam flies some kites.
I feel gypped. I wanted to be in a nice controversy, not a relaxing summer day with airborne paper

February 3, 2009 at 2:37 am
(167) tryptamine says:

this is the most horrifying thing i have ever witnessed. muslims are brainwashing our children with their fiendish message of hate.

February 3, 2009 at 4:35 am
(168) Hellsoonay says:

Actually yes, the doll clearly says ‘Islam is the light’. As does the aforementioned game. As does my sandwich. As does the green unicorn that dances round my room. THIS IS AN AFFRONT TO THE AMERICAN WAY I TELL YOU. >=O

February 3, 2009 at 5:43 am
(169) Richard Astley says:

I’m forced to ask how many of these people are genuine moralist/jihadist idiots, and how many are simply trolling this comments thread.

I find it hilarious, if somewhat disturbing, that so many of you instantly proclaim that it says “Islam is the light”, and that it is a conspiracy to infiltrate the ‘free world’ with Islam. Stock samples are often old and of poor quality, and even if it did say what you think it said, so what? Why are you all frothing at the mouth over something that couldn’t possibly brainwash anyone??

I swear, only in America could you find this little common sense. As a Brit, I find this kind of mass-hysteria amongst our friends in the US embarrassing. Besides, anyone who believes FOX news clearly lacks intelligence.

February 3, 2009 at 7:19 am
(170) Andy says:

Thousand monkeys, thousand typewriters. ‘Nuff said.

February 3, 2009 at 8:03 am
(171) Jeremy Kuehnau says:

This is a lot like the phenomena known as “image matrixing” in which you brain recognizes similarities in a image or sound and then pieces something together that you can understand. The “face of mars” and images in clouds are good examples of matrixing, you might recognize it as something, but that doesn’t mean that is the reality.

This is clearly a case of someone misunderstanding baby babble from a toy and then making a big deal of it. They tell and friend, and then they tell a friend. Suddenly you have thousands of people actually looking for the Islam talking baby doll. They want and expect to hear “Island Is the Light” and so they do. That doesn’t mean that is the case.

Fisher-Price is a company that has been around since I was a kid, so it is easily 30+ years old. And they have done their fair share of pulling products when they think it is prudent. If they know their dolls don’t say what a hand full of people claim it says, then there is no reason for them to pull the dolls at all because a few people with a hearing problem wishfully hear imaginary words. Do any of you honestly think they would ever keep these dolls on the shelves if they really said what some of you claim they say? With all of the terrorism and war going on these days, there is no way in hell a company would without ruining their reputation.

February 3, 2009 at 10:15 am
(172) Conorcpm32 says:

What’s so wrong with saying Islam is the light anyway? Maybe the doll’s Musilm?

February 3, 2009 at 10:44 am
(173) nathan says:

I guess Freedom of Religion is officially dead in this country then, based on the response the majority of people seem to be making.

I feel that this is a sad day… the day the Bill of Rights officially died.

February 3, 2009 at 10:46 am
(174) J says:

I could hear both “Islam is the light” and “Satan is king” on the YouTube video linked in this article once the guy filming it pointed it out. On the actual Mattel playback I just heard something approximating light at the end, though to be honest it sounded closer to “lijut” to me.

So I believe that the original sound file, compressed and played through crappy speakers, sounds similar to “Islam is the light,” but that is just coincidence. It is certainly not ‘clear as day’ as some of you supposedly open-minded people assert.

You should be able to shrug to yourselves and think ‘that’s a weird coincidence’ without causing harm to the profitability and name of a 60-year-old AMERICAN company.

February 3, 2009 at 11:10 am
(175) Kaly says:

This is by far the dumbest thing I have ever seen.

February 3, 2009 at 11:24 am
(176) Alex says:

I bet Bill O’Reily will be making a “jihad” for Mattel now.

It only sounds like “Islam is the light” if you expect to hear it. Otherwise it is gibberish. Paranoid Americans like some of the posters on here make the rest of us look stupid. Stop making America look bad, you idiots!

February 3, 2009 at 11:44 am
(177) Matt Dickow says:

Wow… OK. Skipping right to the bottom of the comments. Who cares? What is wrong with “Islam is the light?” You think that’s going to turn kids into terrorists? No, of course it won’t. But it’ll turn dumb-$h!t parents into hateful, bigoted morons. There are oh, so many things wrong with the United States right now and idiocy like this most assuredly does not help. We are the f’ing laughing stock of the world. Get over it, move on, and try and do something useful with your time.

February 3, 2009 at 12:03 pm
(178) Matt Dickow says:

GraB Up StasH: that is genius.

February 3, 2009 at 12:26 pm
(179) zark169 says:

Come on people, these dolls are not saying anything. It’s all gibberish as far as the target (english speaking) audiance goes. The fact that anyone is hearing something is not surprising. The human brain is designed to recognize patterns, and it will ‘recognize’ things that aren’t actually there. It’s why we see pictures in clouds.
So get over yourself. It’s a doll. It doesn’t have a vendetta against you or your child.

February 3, 2009 at 12:31 pm
(180) J says:

“Wow… OK. Skipping right to the bottom of the comments. Who cares? What is wrong with “Islam is the light?””

To put it simply, because it shouldn’t be in there. The doll should not be promoting any religion, especially without being clearly marked as such. It’s a simple thing to grasp. I don’t think porn is especially harmful but that doesn’t mean I want it stuck in the middle of my Superbowl coverage, for example.

That said, the doll is NOT saying “Islam is the light,” It’s just a combination of the compression, speakers, and what people want to hear.

February 3, 2009 at 1:45 pm
(181) Robert says:
February 3, 2009 at 2:06 pm
(182) al says:

I wonder if there would have been any news if the person had heard the baby saying “jesus is the light”.

February 3, 2009 at 3:02 pm
(183) theHaHa says:

finally! a toy for us terrorist lovers!

February 3, 2009 at 3:08 pm
(184) jerkstore says:

In response to J, who wrote: “To put it simply, because it shouldn’t be in there. The doll should not be promoting any religion, especially without being clearly marked as such.”

Clearly marked religious affiliation? It’s a toy… not funding for a public school.

February 3, 2009 at 3:59 pm
(185) lol says:

ummm, what if islam is the light?

February 3, 2009 at 4:13 pm
(186) Jamie Kahn Genet says:

Wow – not of gullible nutcases in the US :-D I’m so glad I don’t live there! But if you could stop getting your big business owned government to lean on my government and change our sane copyright laws into insane American style ones, that would be appreciated. Thank you.

February 3, 2009 at 4:45 pm
(187) blastfromthepast says:

Huh. I am surprised we are still having this debate.
I mean, the clear, irrefutable truth

February 3, 2009 at 5:12 pm
(188) Draconis42 says:

I think I know what’s going on here.

I’ve taken sound editing classes before, and one of the first things we were taught is that sample soundbites are used and re-used all the time. (Google the Wilhelm Scream for a classic example) It’s entirely possible that the doll and the Nintendo DS game facing the same accusation are using the same stock sound footage. When you also consider it was the same mother who came forward about hearing this in both products, the pieces start to fall together a bit more.

She heard what she thought was ‘Islam is the light’, made a stink about it, twice, it made the news both times, and now, everyone hears it because we’re listening for it, when it, in fact, is baby gibberish.

February 3, 2009 at 5:24 pm
(189) Ivan says:

Dolls tell us that islam is the light, and the bible tells us to crush the heads of little children if they misbehave.

Unfortunately only one of those two is real..

February 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm
(190) Massive Haemorrage says:

And what about that project where the performance artists switched the voice boxes of GI Joe and Barbie dolls, so Barbie dolls were saying “Kill!” and GI Joe was saying “You look nice in that skirt?”

February 3, 2009 at 11:33 pm
(191) Tim says:

I got one of the dolls for my daughter and it told me where Jimmy Hoffa is. I can’t tell anyone though because I am in fear for my life.

February 4, 2009 at 2:31 am
(192) Hoover says:

Isn’t ham a delight?

February 4, 2009 at 9:03 am
(193) Benny Pendentes says:

I am dismayed and depressed by the amount of delusion present in the parents both in the original news stories and in these comments. The doll is *babbling*, it’s not saying anything. This happens with real babies, too – many times I have heard over-eager parents say “did you hear that? She just said ‘the sky is blue’! Our baby is so smart!”

The fact (and it is a fact) that people are being delusional isn’t half as scary as the fact (ditto) that their delusions are hateful and fearful. People show who they really are in times of strife, when they are scared or angry… and what many people are showing in the US right now is uuuuuuuuugly.

February 4, 2009 at 9:06 am
(194) psara says:

I work retail at target, so I’ve heard this thing thousands of times. It’s not saying that, but it does sound a little like it. Nearly no customers noticed the doll saying anything until they were told what it’s supposedly saying, then they all hear it.

Also, does anyone really think it could make it through any product testing if it was really saying anything?

February 4, 2009 at 9:47 am
(195) Milky says:

Sounded like cooing and garbled “Momma is right” to me. Of course I could have heard it wrong since I was expecting something consistant with a children’s toy. I’m not savvy with the secretive pro muslim/anti-christian toy manufacturing cabal.

February 4, 2009 at 9:54 am
(196) Dave G says:

Jean says:

Saw the doll at Wal-Mart, clearly says Islam is The Light, in fact all six dolls on the shelf said it together like a little cult.

That is the proof of American intelligence. A cult is a different thing from a religion, but you wouldn’t know that. It seems to me in America the only use you have for dictionaries is burning or looking up more stupid words to replace the correct ones – and for god’s (islam’s?) sake learn some grammar! Reading most of these posts is like being shouted at by a licence plate!

OMG IT DUS SAY IT!

Step back America, and take a good long look at yourselves.

February 4, 2009 at 11:26 am
(197) Ninjahedge says:

OMG.

The more I read the comments the more I am convinced that people are idiots. Case in point, the very first comment:

“i hearded it say”.

1, No capitalization on “I”

2, How am I going to trust what someone “hearded” when they have such an OUTSTANDING grasp of the English language?

But enough of that.

Back to the issue, which is sad on so many levels.

1. Islam is not the evil in the world. I am NOT Islamic, so don’t look at this as some sort of sermon. People may not LIKE a doll saying this, but it should not be viewed with such xenophobic bigotry.

2. And this is the most important part, THE BABY IS SPEAKING GIBBERISH! It is not praising Satan if you play it backward, and it does not go in sync with the Wizard of Oz. (If you do not know what I am talking about, look up Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and Pink Floyd).

As was mentioned earlier, we are excellent at pattern recognition, the WORST being facial recognition (OMG I SAW JESUS IN MY TOAST AND NOW I AM SELLING IT ON E-BAY!!!!!!). But when something sounds LIKE something, we put our own subconscious into it when trying to decipher it.

So, if YOU think the baby is saying this, then it is. TO YOU! Your kid probably would not even recognize this until YOU tell them what you think they should be hearing.

All they are hearing is baby babble and all you are doing is ruining their innocence.

February 4, 2009 at 12:57 pm
(198) Internet says:

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POOL’S CLOSED, POOL’S GOT AIDS!!

February 4, 2009 at 10:17 pm
(199) Daniel says:

I stopped reading after the 20th comment or so. You people posting here that you can actually hear the doll say anything about any religion, are mentally challenged….
Let me rephrase that: You’re… Americans!
In Europe, something like this would be impossible. No sane person over here would even consider letting the mind get screwed to the extend that they’d hear “Islam is the Light”.
But you posters are Americans. You live in this small-minded world where you massively voted for a mentally challenged texan…. twice! You live in a country where you can sue McDonalds for coffee that’s too hot. It’s a miracle you didn’t destroy yourselves yet.

But I’ll give you this thought to ponder over, just for kicks: Did you know Osama payed Mattel to make these dolls talk about the Islam? Just to convert all of your childeren…. :P

February 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm
(200) Pan says:

This message was also heard on a DS game.

February 5, 2009 at 12:15 am
(201) ??? says:

‘I’m not savvy with the secretive pro muslim/anti-christian toy manufacturing cabal. ‘ … Wow, what the hell… Apparentally the doll is supporting islam and its ‘terrorist’ ways! My god! Noone is safe now that ‘baby pals’ for the ds says it too! Its only a matter of time before those damn kids that heard the message round up, strap bombs to their wee, little bodies and kill us all! …….. Seriously.. If thats how some people perceive that, then people really are stupid.. I usually dont like being mean or putting others down, but come on.. Its ridiclous to believe that a toy, which may or may not say it, depending on the listenier, will push some kids into… Whatever it is you americans are paraoid about..

February 5, 2009 at 1:25 am
(202) Brandon says:

“Marge, the doll’s trying to convert me and the toasters been laughing at me!”

February 5, 2009 at 3:35 am
(203) Tre_Selor says:

WOW i think people have hit a new low!! if you turn the channel to CBN or any other church bible channel here in the states which is public TELEVISION on a standard Antenna we get Christians preaching hate towards the Islam world, basically saying we need to kill all the Muslims in the world to be safe…taking and bringing to peoples attention and forcing people to take things off of shelves because you think the doll/game is saying something such as “Islam is the Light” is in itself hatred…and you are dumb and ignorant towards other religions and you are just as bad as an extremist Muslim with an explosive strapped to himself! or an extremist christian preaching hate, instead of what they should be preaching which is LOVE! rant done!! NOT ALL AMERICANS ARE BIGOTS, AND HAVE CLOSED MINDS, OR ARE IGNORANT!

February 5, 2009 at 3:43 am
(204) Tre_Selor says:

oh forgot it probably says….

“I AM A DELIGHT”

the company who makes the dolls and game cant put high detailed audio on a memory chip, because it would take up to much space and be too expensive so you get popping and static. even if it said “Islam is the Light” who cares? really….if your child wants to know what Islam is let them find out for themselves, let them make there own decisions and look into it, and understand the culture, I’m pretty sure with the values that you instilled in them they can determine what is a negative action and what is a positive action!! let them be Muslim if they want to, or let them be christian, let them be whatever they want! lol

February 5, 2009 at 4:01 am
(205) a skeptic says:

Before finding out the phrase that some people believe is being said, all I heard was some meaningless babble. I guess you can say that this is a very simple case of mind control! A human brain is adept at connecting apparently incoherent information to someting meaningful, and it can often be coerced into making a biased decision based on prior information even though it has nothing to do with what is actually observed.

February 5, 2009 at 8:28 pm
(206) Red says:

Funny, the gibberish is starting to sound more and more like “you people are all idiots” after reading some of the comments on here.

1) Fisher Price would never,under any circumstance, purposefully put in anything even remotely offensive in any of their products. FP is a company and a company exists to make money – simple as that. There ain’t much money to be made in offending people these days. The toy speaks gibberish. Get your head out of your arse.

2) To all the people who believe that Islam or Muslims are “evil” I bestow upon you this advice: Please get out of your tiny, backwoods, inbreeding, trailer-park of a town for a few days and see the world. It may shock you but maybe… just MAYBE… you will see that just because someone is different from you doesn’t make them a spawn of Satan.

http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/2/2/

February 5, 2009 at 10:53 pm
(207) lip says:

Oh for frack’s sake. People who “clearly hear” it are DELUSIONAL. Literally. It’s produced by a random noise generator. There are no words. Your brain interprets it according to your personal biases. This is called “pareidolia”. Congratulations: your brain reveals you are bigots.

February 6, 2009 at 2:34 pm
(208) anon. says:

It should be noted that many of the people who claim to be hearing this are from areas where the schools do almost nothing and the speech patterns barely count as language, given the total lack of enunciation and grammar. It could be that the gibberish sounds like “Islam is the light” in gibberish, especially because I have yet to meet anybody not from the east coast who actually knows how to pronounce “Islam.”

February 7, 2009 at 2:01 am
(209) Carlos says:

Why are we listening to dolls…they are not real…it’s just babbling.

Does jimmy hendrix say…”excuse me while I kiss this guy” or “excuse me while I kiss the sky?”

People hear what they want to hear…this is BS…

February 7, 2009 at 6:33 am
(210) alexB says:

i work at a wal-mart and i’ve seen these dolls, and heard them, ALOT. i’ve never heard them say anything but gibberish, in the store they’re set on demo so that anytime someone walks by the dolls start talking. i admit that when i listened to the video after i read the story i could hear it, but before i had read that i had never heard the dolls say anything you could understand but “mama”. in my opinion it does sound like that, but it was probably a random commination of noises that ended up sounding like “islam is the light”. but not on purpose! the kids that had these toys would prolly have never noticed this phrase had the parents not mentioned it!

February 8, 2009 at 11:43 pm
(211) God says:

I sent you all unbelievers a message. Islam IS the light. The rest of you got it wrong. Now get on with it.

February 9, 2009 at 11:35 am
(212) LOTD says:

The problem here is that people will hear actual words when listening to gibberish. When hearing background noise with people talking, I will sometimes hear someone saying my name. Why? Because the syllables that someone says are similar and your brain fills in the rest. It’s kindof like when you would play records backwards and hear things. It’s gibberish, but the syllables sound like words and your brain fills in the rest.

February 12, 2009 at 10:18 am
(213) Mincer says:

Wow – I heard ‘IRA lost the fight’, but then I grew up in the days when American funded Irish ‘freedom fighters’ were bombing women and children in London, so maybe my simple minded, ignorant, jingoistic upbringing instilled some bias into my perceptions.

February 13, 2009 at 10:00 pm
(214) Wajeebaba says:

ISLAM IS THE LIGHT

February 16, 2009 at 2:17 pm
(215) Les Nesman says:

It’s sad to see a thread devolve into a chance to finger point. Usually “what Americans did to someone”, and likewise, un-founded hatred for other nations and people, too.
None of you would tolerate being lumped in with the worst of your countrymen, or your friends/ neighbors/ religious peers, would you?
So, why do you flippantly lump Americans or Muslims or anyone in with the worst of their peers? This is the epitomè of ignorance and egoism. Look around you. Open your eyes, before it’s too late!!!

oh, yes:
File me under, “You hear in that babble what you want to hear… have fun.”

February 21, 2009 at 1:50 pm
(216) Scott says:

Even if it does say “Islam is the light” why does it matter? Is Islam inherently evil that this is a bad thing? If it said “Christianity is the light” would as many people freak out?

February 23, 2009 at 12:33 pm
(217) hilary says:

ive just listened to that recording and it sounds like nothing but giberish!!

March 23, 2009 at 11:50 am
(218) Jon says:

I just have two links I’d like to contribute to this discussion: Wikipedia: Observer-Expectancy Effect, and, as for a reaction that matches my own: Sandwich! I trusted you!

March 24, 2009 at 4:59 pm
(219) Jim says:

The people who have tHeir knickers in a twist over this BS are the same idiots who voted for George-effing-bush twice. What do you expect from such dolts?

March 25, 2009 at 10:34 am
(220) Seamus says:

Actually, the doll makes more sense than most of the idiots commenting on it!

April 24, 2009 at 12:58 pm
(221) Khalil says:

it is clear that islam is the light ..
what is the problem ..

it is real (( islam is the light ))

May 1, 2009 at 6:56 am
(222) Ashley says:

My friends are moving, and last night they found this doll in their stuff and played it for me. They have the original version, and I had never heard it before. When they played it, I heard the doll coo and babble, and then in a sudden burst of clear speech says “Islam is the Light.” No guesswork there.

May 31, 2009 at 1:48 pm
(223) Jack says:

I heard “Islam is the light,” before I knew what the doll was or that people claimed it said that. I heard it though.

June 16, 2009 at 11:58 pm
(224) Darren says:

I went to Meijer today and my friend picked up on of the baby’s and still today they say “Islam is the Light” there was only two of them left that says it, the rest of them didn’t.

June 22, 2009 at 6:45 pm
(225) Dan says:

Every single one of you who is convinced these things are real: go out and get yourselves sterilized. If you have any children, put them up for adoption. It’s called confirmation bias, you’re all idiots, and there is no place in modern society for stupidity of this caliber.

August 28, 2009 at 9:09 pm
(226) kirby says:

I don’t care about the religious message- but it definitely reminds me of Chuckie. The thing goes off without any provocation.

November 11, 2009 at 12:43 am
(227) Kay says:

There is so much hatred and ignorance that FOX news who is biased would report such a ridiculous story!! Give me a break. Even if it said, “Islam is the light”, that is not a bad thing. It is simply saying a positive thing about a religion. Islam is a beautiful religion if people would read and get to know Muslims. There are a lot of great Muslims in the world. You can’t just listen to the biased media! Read!!! Get to know Muslims. You will be pleased!

November 23, 2009 at 6:37 pm
(228) Mrs. Cook says:

First of all, when we first got the dolls, I didn’t hear it say anything like that…it didn’t start doing it until a couple months later. Don’t ask me how they all started doing it at once, but they did..all across the nation. And FYI, no one had to tell me what it was saying, I heard it myself. And if anyone has any doubt, I still have one that we took the batteries out of cuz my daughter loved it so much. I don’t know about this “satan is king”, but it DEFINATELY says, clear as day, “islam is the light.

January 10, 2010 at 12:21 pm
(229) Caron says:

re: the baby saying ‘Islam Is The Light’ Ok.. it’s taken me a while to respond, but I must let you all know, that this baby voice was recorded by our company as part of our ‘Just Kids & Babies’ sound effects library. This particular baby was our editors 5 month old daughter that he recorded for 30 minutes. I have the raw recording and was the one that personally edited a bunch of bits and bytes for our sound effects library. The baby is just babbling! Seriously! And if you hear anything else then it’s just an audible illusion which happens. Your ears can hear things that your brain will interpret as something that it perceives is close. We have heard lots of other interpretations, but they don’t get posted because they aren’t controversial and many are very funny, but I can guarantee that this sound is simply a baby babbling on.
You can hear this sound byte and other ones from the same baby here: http://www.nightingalemusic.com/searchResult.aspx?t=2&str=VB03_08

July 13, 2010 at 4:03 pm
(230) bezdomni says:

In all honesty whoever was responsible for the manufacture (ten year olds in Chinese sweatshops) of these dolls probably do not speak a word of English and would never have noticed the doll was saying something which sounds like “islam is the light”.

July 6, 2011 at 1:13 am
(231) Caronnightingale says:

As written right above your reply. It was our company that recorded the baby babbling and I can assure you, we all speak English. The baby was babbling for 1/2 an hour and the sound file was split into many smaller sound files which were released as part of our large sound effects library which is used around the world in many toys, games commercials etc. The baby was 6 months old and can’t speak yet, so it was just something that may have happened to sound like words if you choose to hear it that way. In addition, the sound file might sound more like that phrase simply because it is coming through a very tiny speaker in the doll which reduces the quality and alters the sound a bit. This is just an oddity and we certainly never heard that phrase when recording or editing, but of course, we knew what the sound file was, so it just sounded like babbling. And again, as I mentioned above, its simply an audible illusion. That’s all. The sound was recorded in Canada and edited by me personally. And our company does not endorse any religion.

December 7, 2010 at 9:31 pm
(232) ashley says:

ha it’s true. I heard a doll. and it said it loud and clear.

December 13, 2010 at 10:37 am
(233) Pam says:

While this tread is old, I found it while googling the phrase “Islam is the Light.” The reason for my search? My one-year old granddaughter has a baby doll that DOES say the phrase “Islam is the Light.”

My daughter played it for me, not telling me what to expect. It clearly said “Islam is the Light.” No ambiguity whatsoever.

February 23, 2011 at 10:54 pm
(234) Vik says:

Umm anyone who follows sharia law should be thrown in jail…uislam is a sham and I would never give this garbage to my child…

I have a friend you all might know bridgitte Gabrielle let her tell you how the wonderful Allah followers took over Lebanon and attacked her home… She is a Christian lebanese woman who has devoted her life to spreading the truth about how evil Islam and the Quran are.. After all the hOnor killings are not done by Christians..

May 31, 2011 at 6:06 am
(235) Rey says:

Effin FOX messes with your heads. Muslims, Christians, Jews etc are all people. There are good and bad people. We cant just judge all people of a religion just because one of them did something bad. We are all humans and we are all equal!

July 8, 2011 at 6:11 pm
(236) cloel says:

I have this doll, my friend bought it for me at a yard sale cos he thought it was hilarious.
The doll does absolutely without a doubt say “Islam is the light” although I will say that the annunciation of the “s” in “Islam” is much how a baby would say it.
What the guy said about an Islamic message containing “satan is king” is correct, only people who want to slander Islam would put this in a message, however, the doll does not say “satan is king”, or anything like it. That would be the urban legend part of all this.
Finally, it is absolutely plausible that desperate people would use all means to advance their cause. Is putting a subliminal message in a baby doll gonna turn the user (a baby who doesn’t even understand english) into a Muslim? No. But the Islamic faith states clearly that it’s members should try to “save the world”, and it certainly isn’t going to hurt them in such a politically correct society.

October 20, 2011 at 6:33 am
(237) anon says:

This http://centralmediaserver.com/kjrh/docs/doll.mp3 which supposedly had the official company provided sound recording is no long er available, and I want to know where I can find it so I can judge for myself. If someone has rehosted the file that was originally at http://centralmediaserver.com/kjrh/docs/doll.mp3 please let me know thanks.

October 20, 2011 at 12:52 pm
(238) David Emery says:

Snopes.com has the original recording: http://www.snopes.com/business/audio/mommycoo.mp3

November 21, 2011 at 11:52 am
(239) Mother of 3 says:

I bought this doll for my daughter in July 2008 for her 2nd birthday. I clearly heard the doll say “Islam is the Light” before this ever became a news story. You can think that this is political propaganda all you want, but until you’ve heard this doll speak in person, please don’t pass judgment about what others have heard with their own ears.

December 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm
(240) appeal for reason says:

Anybody who seriously still believes in this bullshit needs to go to http://graphics1.snopes.com/business/audio/mommycoo.mp3 listen to that on headphones and realize that an AUDIO EXPERT analyzed this clip and decided that the bit at the end, which is definitely NOT meant to be anything intelligible, SOUNDS like “It’s not near the light”. Listen again but this time listen for “It’s not near the light”. You’ll see that it sounds way more like that than anything about islam, jesus, do you people really believe in crazy underground toy conspiracies run by muslims or something? That is complete madness.

July 28, 2012 at 11:10 am
(241) Meg says:

I can understand returning a doll that says that a religion is “the light” when it isn’t your religion, but to actually be so angry that you demand that the dolls be removed from stores? Seriously people? Im a Muslim myself and I personally think any newborn doll that speaks in full sentences is creepy regardless of what it says but I wouldnt run to a store and kick and scream and demand that a Jesus Loves Me doll be removed. If I bought a doll that says “Jesus/Buddha/Shiva/Zeus is the light”, I would simply return the doll and that’s that. Done. Over. No need to spread around hate by demanding to speak to store managers to get the doll removed from stores.

As a Muslim, and as the daughter of a US Marine who fought for YOUR right to hate whatever you want freely in public, including the religion of his kid, I take more offense to the parents who are causing an absolute uproar over this doll. Dont like it? Don’t buy it.

September 7, 2012 at 9:51 am
(242) louby lou says:

just seen talking muslim dolls in asda, saying nothing equalls allah. as a christian who is told they cannot wear a cross on a chain at work i find this highly offensive.

September 21, 2012 at 10:20 pm
(243) targetbuddy says:

Well now, it’s a good thing THIS has come to the forefront of the news and our population’s concern! I’d hate to accidentally send this doll to some orphanage or something, don’t want them to get the wrong kind of ideas in their heads!

Please check your privilege here, here, and initial here and here.

May 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm
(244) JJ says:

Clearly this page and Snopes is in error on this one. Just listen to the doll on you tube as well as the baby on the nintendo game. There is something unusual about this. Listen on youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LQTxRIRXN0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZLXffdEBgA

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