Yep, you read that correctly. It’s “perfect for Muslim outreach efforts”.
Since Islam is not really a religion, but a political ideology, the government’s sale of an Islamocentric calendar evidently doesn’t violate the separation of church and state. It’s like selling photos of local Democratic Party Headquarters.
In fact, in certain precincts of Hamtramck and Brooklyn, those two types of institution may well be found at the same street address.
The web page devoted to this public-spirited commerce has apparently disappeared behind a password-protected wall. However, Google still has a cached version of it:
2009 Mosques of America Wall Calendar: Limited Edition for Ramadan- - - - - - - - -
In celebration of Ramadan, Global Publishing Solutions (GPS) is offering a limited edition of the 2009 Mosques in America Wall Calendar. This 12-month calendar is perfect for Muslim outreach efforts, as well as office and event giveaways.
The wall calendar features a vibrant photograph or photomontage for each month, displaying the beauty of mosques in America. The upper half of the hanging calendar depicts mosque facades or interiors, and the lower half displays a monthly calendar grid. The 28-page calendar is saddle-stitched and measures 23 x 30 1/2 cm (9 x 12 inches).
This item is on sale until August 1st, 2008 in shrink-wrapped packs of 20 pieces.
Remember: this was on an official State Department (state.gov) web page. GPS describes itself this way:
The Global Publishing Solutions, manages this site as a gateway to information and transactions for their U.S. State Department clients.
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Hat tip: Larwyn.