Dec. 7, 2010
marks the Islamic New Year, but not Pearl Harbor Day on all
calendars produced by Blue Mountain Arts of Boulder, Colo. (WND
photo / Joe Kovacs)
"A date which will live in infamy."
That's how President Franklin Roosevelt immortalized Dec. 7, 1941, the
Japanese forces stunned the U.S. with a sudden attack
on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, prompting the U.S. to jump into the Second
Just don't expect to find any mention of that on your calendar this
Nearly seven decades after the onslaught, many U.S. calendars produced
by American companies are ignoring Pearl Harbor Day, and are displaying
instead the Islamic New Year on Dec. 7.
Even calendars promoting the Holy Bible take note of the Muslim
observance, while completely omitting the day on which more than 2,000
Americans lost their lives in the surprise attack.
"I have a Psalms calendar, which has a Bible verse on each month's
picture, made by BrownTrout Publishers, Inc., and it also has Dec. 7 as
the Islamic New Year. No mention of Pearl Harbor Day," said Donna Brandt
of Marshalltown, Iowa. "I am incensed and will be giving the BrownTrout
Publishers a piece of my mind! Thank you for calling my attention to
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Jim Jones of Waco, Texas, also bought a BrownTrout calendar, and says,
"We are going to get rid of it. I think I am going back to the store
where we bought it (Petsmart) and ask for my money back. I do not want
to honor a bunch of fanatics who are trying to kill us infidels.
My thinking is all Islamists, if they believe and follow the
Quran, are fanatics, and I have no use for them."
produced by the world's largest caledar company, BrownTrout
Publishers of San Francisco, make no mention of Pearl Harbor Day,
but instead cite Dec. 7, 2010 as the Islamic New Year. (WND photo /
WND obtained several calendars from a variety of publishers,
Francisco-based BrownTrout, which bills itself as the largest
calendar publisher in the world, producing about 1,000 separate
varieties each year.
In its 2010 Bible calendar, which features a 1563 painting of the Tower
of Babel on its cover, the Dec. 7 entry specifies "Islamic New Year,"
with Pearl Harbor Day completely absent.
Perusing the rest of its December page, the BrownTrout calendar notes
Dec. 23 is the "Emperor's Birthday" in Japan, Dec. 26 is when Kwanzaa
begins as well as St. Stephen's Day in Ireland, and Dec. 27 is a "Bank
Holiday" in the United Kingdom. Popular observances such as Christmas
Day and New Year's Eve are also included on Dec. 25 and 31,
"Pearl Harbor day is not a federal holiday," said Mrs. Wendover Brown,
owner of BrownTrout, which excludes mention of Pearl Harbor from all its
datekeepers. "It's a day of mourning which is not normally indicated as
She admitted, "We've had many, many letters questioning our
patriotism," and called it an "unfortunate overlap" that Islamic New
Year, which is a floating, lunar-based observance, happens to fall on
Dec. 7 of this year.
"I apologize to anyone who feels we were unpatriotic or dismissive of
Pearl Harbor Day. We're not," she told WND. "We're a very patriotic
company and we're very American. Tolerance is a good quality of the
plurality of our country."
"We feel that the purpose of a calendar is to alert people when regular
business is closed," she continued. "We certainly
don't have a political agenda to impose. We apologize if our products
have not reflected the wonderful country we all enjoy. We will be
reviewing holiday citations on our products for future editions. We will
promise to be responsive to what our consumers tell us."
Brown, 56, says her own brother is a 27-veteran of the U.S. Marines,
and is about to
retire next month from his post at the Pensacola Naval
Air Station in Florida.
She also points out that within 10 days of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on
America, her company produced two special calendars to raise some
$741,000 for the Uniformed Firefighters of Greater New York to help
families of the heroes killed in the line of duty.
"We gave so much money to that
fund, they said they couldn't take any more because
they were having trouble distributing it," she said.
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BrownTrout, founded in 1986 by Wendover and her husband, Marc Brown,
previously did include Pearl Harbor Day when it was just a
company dealing with American clients. She says as the
firm expanded, its calendars became more international-oriented, and
Pearl Harbor Day became a victim of the globalization.
Regarding which days are included and which are not, she says there's an
eight-week process editors go through from Jan. 1 every year through the
end of February, when they do a thorough polling of major buyers,
bookstores, pet stores as well as public comments through
sites such as Twitter and
Mrs. Brown says the 2011 calendar is already being printed and does not
include Pearl Harbor Day on Dec. 7, so the next possible chance to
include it would be for the 2012 edition. The company does provide
refunds to those who request them.
Arts has never noted Pearl Harbor Day in any of its calendars, but
mentions Islamic New Year Dec. 7, 2010. (WND photo / Joe Kovacs)
Meanwhile, popular 2010 calendars published by
Blue Mountain Arts of
Boulder, Colo., including "A Sister's Love is Forever" and "Mom, I Love
You So Much," all cite Dec. 7 as the Islamic New Year without any
citation for Pearl Harbor Day.
Bob Gall, president of the company, was initially unsure when WND
first asked why Pearl Harbor Day is not included, saying it was "really
interesting why we don't. I question the same thing. It is a significant
event in our lifetime. Good question. I don't know."
After investigating the matter, he discovered the company has never
included Pearl Harbor Day in its publications, but added, "we probably
will in the future," since many other days have been added over the
Other observances Blue Mountain Arts currently deems worthy of inclusion
March 1: National Women's History Month begins
April 11: Holocaust Remembrance Day
April 21: Administrative Professionals Day
April 22: Earth Day, as well as Take Our Daughters and
Sons to Work Day
May 1: May Day
May 4: National Teacher Day
May 5: Cinco de Mayo
Aug. 11: First Day of Muslim Ramadan
Aug. 26: Women's Equality Day
Sept. 21: U.N. International Day of Peace
Nov. 16: The Muslim Eid-al-Adha
Dec. 26: First Day of Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, St.
Stephen's Day in Ireland
The company did not completely ignore the military, though, as Armed
Forces Day is noted on May 15 in addition to federal holidays such as
Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Gall admits the company has made errors in the past, such as
producing a calendar displaying Nov. 31, when such a date does not
exist. He says a bride-to-be contacted the company complaining, "I
scheduled the wedding for Nov. 31 based on your calendar."
"The fun of calendars became a reality where you just can't make a
mistake," Gall said.
Schutz, co-founder of Blue Mountain Arts
Blue Mountain Arts was co-founded by anti-war activist Susan Polis
Schutz, the director and executive producer of
Everyone," a film about parents of homosexual children.
Concerning her film, she stated, "It is a lot easier for gay people to
come out now than it was 15 years ago. However, there is still
prejudice. In some cases the prejudice is flagrantly overt, in other
cases through more subtle biases of the mind. And there remain
antiquated laws and unequal rights that inhumanely and negatively affect
gay people all over the world."
She created Blue Mountain Arts with her husband, Stephen, and employed
her son, Rep. Jared Schutz Polis,
first openly "gay" congressman elected as a freshman to the U.S. House.
Jared actually changed his last name to Polis to honor his mother's
Westword, Jared Polis in recent years has donated heavily to
Democratic campaigns and left-leaning organizations, including giving
$200,000 to MoveOn.org.
first reported last week,
a major chain in 5 Southeastern states, pulled its free, 2010 calendar
from shelves after outraged customers flooded the company with
complaints for citing the Islamic New Year at the expense of Pearl
magazine of USS Shaw explodes during the 2nd Japanese attack wave on
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941. To the left of the explosion,
Shaw's stern is visible, at the end of floating drydock. At right is
the bow of USS Nevada, with a tug alongside fighting fires.
A South Florida radio station, WFTL, brought the matter to light with
its midday hosts,
Joyce Kaufman and
Jeff Katz, urging listeners to bombard Publix with their concerns.
Ironically, while Publix did not include Pearl Harbor Day, it did find
space for National Boss Day and Administrative Assistant's Day.
Jaeger of Publix
The inclusion of those non-holidays contradicts a statement last
Wednesday by Publix spokeswoman Kimberly Jaeger who explained,
"Traditionally, our calendars have solely noted holidays. Due to the
number of holidays in a calendar year, days of remembrance have not been
By Friday, another statement isssued by the chain claimed those
non-holidays were added "based on customer requests."
Publix also found room to list independence days for many foreign
countries such as Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Central
America, Cuba, Haiti, Mexico, Paraguay, Uruguay and Trinidad and Tobago.
In the wake of WND's national exposure of the matter, the supermarket
has taken on a more apologetic
tone, telling its customers, "We would never knowingly
disappoint you. We truly regret and apologize for having done that. Our
intent was never to exclude important dates or to reduce the importance
of any one day. Since our customer base is very diverse, we make every
effort to do the right thing, for the most people."
Concerning the calendar flap, Kathleen Riley of Rochester, Mich.,
wrote WND to
stress the bigger issue, in her opinion, is that
immigrants must assimilate into American culture, not Americans into
Little by little, inch by inch, the folks from the Middle East
countries are promoting their values, ideals and culture on us, some
by force, some by insistence, some by their clothing style, and some
merely by perseverance. (I live in the Detroit area; first they took
over Dearborn, then Hamtramck and now are flooding Southfield. The
Dearborn schools stop for prayers six times a day, creating an
uncomfortable situation for anyone non-Muslim. Consequently, people
move out of the area and sell their homes to other Muslims. ... This
is the impact of adding their holidays to our calendars. Excuse me,
but the last time I looked (despite what Obama tells the world), the
United States of America is a Christian country. This multi-culturalism
hoax must go away.
According to WND readers, another calendar maker citing the Islamic
New Year over Pearl Harbor Day is
Myron Corp. of
But not all publishers have omitted the World War II attack.
The National Pen Co. of
Shelbyville, Tenn., as well as the
National Rifle Association are among those who take note of Pearl
Harbor Day, while excluding the Islamic New Year for 2010.
the Naval History and Heritage Command, Americans losing their lives
on Dec. 7, 1941, numbered 2,403, including 68 civilians, most of whom
were killed by improperly fused anti-aircraft shells landing in
Honolulu. There were 1,178 military and civilian wounded.
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