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Respecting Ramadan, Banning "Christmas" (School District Favors Muslims Over Christians)
Illinois Family Institute ^ | December 2 , 2004 | Peter LaBarbera

Posted on 12/13/2004 8:27:50 PM PST by Kuksool

Political correct “diversity” advocates are often more solicitous of Muslim and non-Christian “holy days” than those celebrated by Christians, despite our nation’s Biblical heritage.

In Naperville, in my own back yard, school District 204 (Indian Prairie School District) not only tolerated but encouraged school remembrance of the Muslim holiday, Ramadan (which ended last month).

The following email was sent to administrators of School District 204 in Naperville-Aurora, urging special recognition of the Muslim holiday, Ramadan. I have yet to receive a return call from the author of the memo, Donna Crawford, Assistant Superintendent Elementary Education, asking if the same official respect has been accorded Christmas, as a Christian holy day. Emphasis is added:

"To: 204 Administration List

Subject: [204 Administration List] Ramadan begins 10/15

"Ramadan begins today and ends Nov 14th. For more than a billion Muslims around the world -- including some 8 million in North America -- Ramadan is a "month of blessing" marked by prayer, fasting, and charity. Ramadan observance focuses on self-sacrifice and devotion to Allah (God).

"For our Muslim students, staff and parents, please be mindful of fasting by offering alternative activity options during lunch period or other activities which may include food and beverages. Asking students about ways in which they may want to be accommodated is beneficial. Accommodations are especially important in regards to physical education classes. P.E. teachers may offer alternatives to rigorous physical exercise for the fasting students.

"Schools may also support Muslim students by arranging a place for prayer. The five essential times of prayer include: at first light and before sunrise, between the sun reaching it height and mid-afternoon, between mid-afternoon and sunset, after the sun has finished setting, in the dark of night.

"Students may also be absent from school for required religious observance. Some students will attend school after observing prayers.

"Other information about Ramadan .....

"Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Islam uses a lunar calendar -- that is, each month begins with the sighting of the new moon. Because the lunar calendar is about 11 days shorter than the solar calendar used elsewhere, Islamic holidays "move" each year.

"Muslims practice sawm, or fasting, for the entire month of Ramadan. This means that they may eat or drink nothing, including water, while the sun shines. As with other Islamic duties, all able Muslims take part in sawm from about age twelve (when they reach puberty). During Ramadan Muslims get up early for suhoor, a meal eaten before the sun rises. After the sun sets, the fast is broken with a meal known as iftar. Iftar usually begins with dates and sweet drinks that provide a quick energy boost. Fasting serves many purposes. While they are hungry and thirsty, Muslims are reminded of the suffering of the poor. Fasting is also an opportunity to practice self-control and to cleanse the body and mind. And in this most sacred month, fasting helps Muslims feel the peace that comes from spiritual devotion as well as kinship with fellow believers.

"Ramadan ends with the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which in 2004 occurs on November 14. Literally the "Festival of Breaking the Fast," Eid al-Fitr is one of the two most important Islamic celebrations (the other occurs after the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca). At Eid al-Fitr people dress in their finest clothes, adorn their homes with lights and decorations, give treats to children, and enjoy visits with friends and family. A sense of generosity and gratitude colors these festivities. Although charity and good deeds are always important in Islam, they have special significance at the end of Ramadan. As the month draws to a close, Muslims are obligated to share their blessings by feeding the poor and making contributions to mosques."

Donna Crawford

Assistant Superintendent Elementary Education

Indian Prairie School District 204

Phone 630.375.3025

Fax 630.375.3004

www.ipsd.org

____________________________________________________________________

Now, I'm all for ethnic diversity (my wife Cristina is half Lebanese, and the first in her family to be born in the USA). But isn't it interesting that in Muslim-dominated countries like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, Christians and other non-Muslims are persecuted, while here we not only encourage respect for other faiths but erase our own Judeo-Christian heritage? No healthy civilization censors its own noble history!

America's religious freedom and embrace of immigrants is part of what makes us a great nation, but what the ACLU and its secularist allies refuse to teach the next generation is that our national experiment in freedom was made possible by our Christian heritage. We must not allow those who would strip Christianity from our public life to triumph or it will hasten the moral collapse of our nation.

Thank you for standing for Biblical truth in the culture. May the God of Christmas bless you.

Sincerely in Christ,

Peter LaBarbera

Executive Director

Respond to: info@illinoisfamily.org


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: churchandstate; dhimmitude; diversity; education; islam; labarbera; multiculturalism
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1 posted on 12/13/2004 8:27:51 PM PST by Kuksool
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To: Kuksool

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2 posted on 12/13/2004 8:30:00 PM PST by Luigi Vasellini
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To: Kuksool
I have yet to receive a return call from the author of the memo, Donna Crawford, Assistant Superintendent Elementary Education, asking if the same official respect has been accorded Christmas, as a Christian holy day.

Christmas has no requirements regarding fasting, prayer, etc., that would impact the school day, so it's not a parallel situation.

3 posted on 12/13/2004 8:30:51 PM PST by Sloth (Al Franken is a racist.)
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To: Kuksool

I say organize the parents and kids to bring all of the Christmas paraphernalia they like, and just dare the schools to do something about it.


4 posted on 12/13/2004 8:31:27 PM PST by Paul Atreides (Why can't you be like Endicott?)
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To: Kuksool
Thank the Anti-Christian Leftist Union (ACLU).


5 posted on 12/13/2004 8:31:33 PM PST by Prime Choice (I like Democrats, too. Let's exchange recipes.)
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To: Kuksool
"Schools may also support Muslim students by arranging a place for prayer.

This is not only a disgrace to Christian parents, but there's a probable law suit in the above sentence.

6 posted on 12/13/2004 8:32:55 PM PST by Noachian (A Democrat, by definition, is a Socialist.)
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To: Kuksool

The NEA is indoctrinated. Hate everything that is basic American Christian, and keep preaching endlessly about diversity and multiculturalism. Everything is fine but Christianity which is a zero-tolerance zone for the NEA.


7 posted on 12/13/2004 8:33:03 PM PST by xJones
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To: Jim Robinson

Yer not gonna like this one....


8 posted on 12/13/2004 8:33:26 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Kuksool
What is it going to take for parents to do a mass exodus and private or home school their kids?
9 posted on 12/13/2004 8:34:58 PM PST by CindyDawg (Hey aclu... Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! :'~))
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To: Kuksool
What is it going to take for parents to do a mass exodus and private or home school their kids?
10 posted on 12/13/2004 8:35:04 PM PST by CindyDawg (Hey aclu... Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! :'~))
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To: Kuksool

Ramadan moves back two weeks every year on our calendar. The Ramadan a ding dong all things being equal crowd is really going to look like the fools that they are when it hits during the summer.


11 posted on 12/13/2004 8:35:04 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (This space for rant)
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To: Sloth

Really? We are not meant to pray before each meal and before the start of the school day?

Sounds like they need a new bible thumping group over there.


12 posted on 12/13/2004 8:35:30 PM PST by Pikachu_Dad
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To: Sloth

Really? We are not meant to pray before each meal and before the start of the school day?

Sounds like they need a new bible thumping group over there.


13 posted on 12/13/2004 8:35:51 PM PST by Pikachu_Dad
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To: Prime Choice

That chart is fantastic!


14 posted on 12/13/2004 8:35:54 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: xJones

The official school line usually is that respecting Muslim holidays is cultural, while respecting Christian holidays is establishing religion. Go figure.


15 posted on 12/13/2004 8:36:26 PM PST by RightField (The older you get ... the older "old" is !)
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To: Sloth
Christmas has no requirements regarding fasting, prayer, etc., that would impact the school day, so it's not a parallel situation.

So separation of church and state doesn't apply if the religion has strict rules of adherence like Islam?

16 posted on 12/13/2004 8:36:28 PM PST by freebilly
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To: Noachian

If kids, on their own free time, wanted to do a "See You At The School Flag Pole" prayer rally, the school would disband them for giving the appearence of endorsing relgion.


17 posted on 12/13/2004 8:37:51 PM PST by Kuksool
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To: Sloth

Wait, it is a parallel situation. Most school districts give kids a Christmas vacation as well as Easter Vacation, no?


18 posted on 12/13/2004 8:38:17 PM PST by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: Kuksool
The basic problem is very simple ~ these school officials are under the certainly erroneous impression that should they look at Moslems cross-eyed they'll get shot.

Christians just don't have that reputation.

Since school officials only respect power, it's undoubtedly time to sue them individually and as a group for this sort of nonsense. Remember, the school district may have the "deep pockets", but if your objective is to chastise stupid school district officials, you have to go after their own fortunes and property, however little they might be.

19 posted on 12/13/2004 8:39:52 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: jan in Colorado

ACLU Ping


20 posted on 12/13/2004 8:41:41 PM PST by jan in Colorado
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To: Sloth
Christmas has no requirements regarding fasting, prayer, etc.,

Perhaps your Santa-Claus/Rudolph/NFL-football Christmas has no special requirements, but my birth-of-Jesus-Christ, the-Savior-Christmas requires a special mass or church service, a feast, and gift giving to the needy, and often an additional evening service.

21 posted on 12/13/2004 8:42:59 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: freebilly

Notice the ACLU is strangely absent here.


22 posted on 12/13/2004 8:45:15 PM PST by Kuksool
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To: durasell

They are called spring break and winter break now.


23 posted on 12/13/2004 8:45:20 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Kuksool
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24 posted on 12/13/2004 8:47:28 PM PST by KMC1
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To: RightField

Another local school district, not too far this one, had lessons on Ramadan, but took great pains to avoid the words, Christmas or even Holiday. It referred to the Holiday season as Winter Wonderland or Festival of Lights. The school displayed a "Culture Tree" and sang "community carols". The educrats argued that strong references to Christmas promoted Christianity but lessons on Ramadan were meant to educate kids about the Middle East and give them a better understand of 9-11 and the Iraqi War.

Here's a suggestion: In the light of the re-election of President Bush and the buzz about Red States vs Blue States, teachers could educate kids about the sociological significance of Christmas to Red State voters. Kids would learn what Christmas and religion means to the so-called values voters.


25 posted on 12/13/2004 8:48:19 PM PST by Kuksool
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To: durasell
Most school districts give kids a Christmas vacation as well as Easter Vacation, no?

Not here in Texas. We get three week-long vacations. One in the fall (during Ramadan), one in the winter (during Christmas/New Year's), and one in the spring (during rodeo week). There's no week off for the highest Holy Day in Christendom (Easter) unless it falls during rodeo week (sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't).

26 posted on 12/13/2004 8:50:07 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: durasell

They call it winter vacation and spring break now.


27 posted on 12/13/2004 8:51:29 PM PST by CindyDawg (Hey aclu... Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! :'~))
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To: Sloth

Sloth wrote:
Christmas has no requirements regarding fasting, prayer, etc., that would impact the school day, so it's not a parallel situation.

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And it could be said that the public school system makes similar consessions for Christian organizations such as The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Christian Prayer groups. At least in my part of the country. To say that our heritage (that of Christianity) is being taken out of the school system does not necessarily apply to the school district my daughter attends. And I would venture a bet that it is still focused on in many public schools around the country. Let us not overreact at the tolerance shown other beliefs, but I agree with the statement (and I am paraphrasint) that we should not lose our heritage while showing tolerance. This country is and will most likely remain a majority Christian nation. As such there will continuously be attacks upon the faith by unscrupulous individuals and groups. It must be remembered that the majority rules, while not losing focus on every individuals rights. I don't think affording anyone of any religion or belief some comfort in their everyday or seasonal religious activities infringes on others rights. It protects their rights, which is the goal. I think the ACLU and organizations like it have a goal to secularize our society. Even as an agnostic, I can see a great harm in this. There is a widening theocratic gap between generations in this country. It is a direct result of the actions of groups such as the ACLU. Our country's Christian identity cannot and should not be seperated from our society. Just as a Muslim in Saudi Arabia or Pakistan would feel the same way. I think even an agnostic in that cuture would feel as I do. Things such as "The Ten Commandments" and the moral teachings of Jesus Christ should be kept in our public places, monuments, schools and government facilities. This is not a governmental sponsorshop of religion, it is a social one. The majority of our country is Christian, and as such the majority has taken it's system of values and morals from those beliefs. To seperate such an important cultural and social ingredient would cause more harm than good. IMHO.


28 posted on 12/13/2004 8:52:03 PM PST by phoenix0468 (One man with courage is a majority. (Thomas Jefferson))
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To: Kuksool

29 posted on 12/13/2004 8:53:14 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: FreedomCalls

Here in NYC we still have Christmas and Easter breaks...sadly, the kids don't get Rodeo Week off.


30 posted on 12/13/2004 8:53:33 PM PST by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: Kuksool
but lessons on Ramadan were meant to educate kids about the Middle East and give them a better understand of 9-11 and the Iraqi War.

They are so lame. If they wanted to educate kids about 911, what is their excuse for not teaching about Christianity and Judaism so all little American kids could understand that the Muslim terrorists hate them.

31 posted on 12/13/2004 8:54:52 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Kuksool
Notice the ACLU is strangely absent here

I'm shocked! SHOCKED!

32 posted on 12/13/2004 8:54:55 PM PST by freebilly
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To: Sloth
Christmas has no requirements regarding fasting, prayer, etc., that would impact the school day, so it's not a parallel situation.

So in your mind, that's the key issue, huh? Whether it impacts the school day? None o' that Constitution and First Amendment stuff to get in the way for you, right?

33 posted on 12/13/2004 8:55:57 PM PST by savedbygrace ("No Monday morning quarterback has never led a team to victory" GW Bush)
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To: RightField
The official school line usually is that respecting Muslim holidays is cultural

Islam is a cult of murder, misogyny, pedophilia and lies. I can understand why the current crop of schools would find a reason to respect those values. It fits right in with the values of the ACLU.

34 posted on 12/13/2004 8:57:47 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: FreedomCalls

I surprised the tree was called a Holiday Tree. "Happy Holidays" is becoming taboo word as well. It makes people think of Christmas. Thus the PC term would be "Season Greetings" or "Merry Festival of Lights".


35 posted on 12/13/2004 8:58:29 PM PST by Kuksool
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To: freebilly

freebilly wrote:
"Christmas has no requirements regarding fasting, prayer, etc., that would impact the school day, so it's not a parallel situation."

So separation of church and state doesn't apply if the religion has strict rules of adherence like Islam?

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I wish I would have thought of that. But then again aren't there some rules of Christmas such as humility, servitude, and charity? Unfortunately these are not taught in our school system as Christian values because that would be recognizing religion. And I thought the amendment was no "...establishment of religion" wher a recognition of such is quite different. A group of Senators praying before a session is quite different than making it a requirement to be a member of a certain religion or church to be a Senator. Which is the case in some countries. Well, I guess we'll all be arguing this one till the cows come home.


36 posted on 12/13/2004 8:59:44 PM PST by phoenix0468 (One man with courage is a majority. (Thomas Jefferson))
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To: Kuksool

Immediately following Ramadamdingaling will be classes in beheadings, female circumcision, how to beat your wife without leaving bruises that cant' be covered with a burqua, and a variety of other quaint and delightful practices that will leave your head spinning on the floor.


37 posted on 12/13/2004 9:01:09 PM PST by Eastbound ("Neither a Scrooge nor a Patsy be")
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To: Kuksool

How about Merry celebration of the birth of a "Jewish Prophet who was killed and then resurected." Or would that be too detailed?


38 posted on 12/13/2004 9:04:40 PM PST by phoenix0468 (One man with courage is a majority. (Thomas Jefferson))
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To: JohnHuang2; ChewedGum

very well written ping


39 posted on 12/13/2004 9:09:29 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Kuksool
I guess it just depends on which Holiday book you choose .......

Either:

Or:


40 posted on 12/13/2004 9:09:42 PM PST by Tuba Guy
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To: FreedomCalls
my birth-of-Jesus-Christ, the-Savior-Christmas requires a special mass or church service, a feast, and gift giving to the needy, and often an additional evening service.

LOL, good luck finding any of that in the Bible God wrote. Maybe you have one of those new-fangled ones by somebody that thinks they're smarter than Him.

41 posted on 12/13/2004 9:12:50 PM PST by Sloth (Al Franken is a racist.)
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To: FreedomCalls; Kuksool; Paul Atreides
Shouldn't this be referred to as 'holiday' wear? Shouldn't all things Islam be called 'holiday' as well?


42 posted on 12/13/2004 9:12:51 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: phoenix0468
I think the real issue is that allowances are being made in certain public schools for Muslims regarding aspects of their worship under the guise of "multiculturalism" while any trace of Christianity is being systematically rooted out.

If a sect of Christianity were to incorporate certain public rituals (e.g., public prayer, fasting, chanting, etc) would these same school districts view the activities of this Christian sect as merely cultural?

I think all of us know what the answer is.

43 posted on 12/13/2004 9:12:52 PM PST by freebilly
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To: Viking2002

Over here.


44 posted on 12/13/2004 9:14:53 PM PST by Eastbound ("Neither a Scrooge nor a Patsy be")
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To: ImaTexan

ping


45 posted on 12/13/2004 9:15:26 PM PST by bjcintennessee (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff)
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To: Sloth

We fast during lent. We use to pray in school too. That is no longer permitted.


46 posted on 12/13/2004 9:18:36 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: durasell
Here in NYC we still have Christmas and Easter breaks...sadly, the kids don't get Rodeo Week off.

But they do get time off for the Gay Rodeo.


47 posted on 12/13/2004 9:19:16 PM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs (Some mornings it just doesn't seem worth it to gnaw through the leather straps.)
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To: durasell
"... sadly, the kids don't get Rodeo Week off."

You don't know what you are missing....

48 posted on 12/13/2004 9:21:36 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: FreedomCalls

Why would kids in Texas get off for a holiday named after a shopping district in Los Angeles?


49 posted on 12/13/2004 9:31:34 PM PST by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: phoenix0468

>>>And I would venture a bet that it is still focused on in many public schools around the country.

Lucky you. NJ banned all Christmas music in the choir AND orchestra at the schools, some townships have banned Christmas displays and others have started issuing ordinance violations for displays that are 'too distracting'.


50 posted on 12/13/2004 9:31:42 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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