Maybe it’s just “politically correctness” run amuck; or maybe there’s something more sinister involved, but at one Minnesota high school’s “holiday ” concert, a most unusual choral selection was sung this year.
Given the annual atheist attacks on Christmas this time of year, it is downright hypocritical of them not to protest this obviously “religious” selection of music.
But, since Islam is the Obama Administration’s favored religion, don’t expect any protests from the left on this.
CBS Minnesota has the story:
BLAINE, Minn. (WCCO) — Some parents in the Anoka-Hennepin School District are questioning a choir teacher’s decision to use a song about Ramadan performed in Arabic at a holiday concert.
At Thursday night’s concert at Blaine High School, one of the songs students will be singing includes Arabic words, including the phrase “Allahu Akbar,” which means “God is great.”
Christian and Jewish songs will be performed as well, but the Ramadan song is getting all the attention.
It started with a post on Facebook. A parent of a ninth-grade Blaine choir student posted the lyrics to the song the choir has been practicing. When others learned students would be singing the song on Thursday, the comments took a turn.
One person posted, “No child should be forced to sing a song about the Muslims and the religion of hatred.”
Another parent, who didn’t want to be identified, told WCCO phone that considering the recent events in Paris and San Bernardino, singing a song about Allah would be “insensitive.”
The Anoka- Hennepin School District said they have received about a dozen complaints about the song. Some are from parents, some are from people not even affiliated with the school.
Hmmm . . . what is going on here?
It makes sense that Christmas and Hanukkah songs would be sung considering both holidays are happening now.
But, the Islamic holiday of Ramadan is 6 months away. Anything connected to that Muslim holiday isn’t even relevant at this time of the year.
Still, I guess this choir teacher is putting “political correctness” before common sense.
CBS Minnesota has more:
In a statement, the district said that they have students from many different backgrounds and cultures, and they promote equal opportunities for all students.
“Songs are not performed in a worship setting or to promote religion,” the district’s statement said. “but rather in [an] educational setting where students are learning and performing music.”
A spokesman for the district said the Arabic song will be sung during an audience participation portion of the concert.
During that time, a Jewish song and Christian songs, such as “Away in the Manger” and “Silent Night,” will be sung as well. A hallelujah chorus will also be sung near the end of the program.
While the Ramadan song mentions brotherhood and peace, the district says that any student who doesn’t feel comfortable singing it doesn’t have to. Their grade will not be affected.
Isn’t that wonderful? The school district won’t penalize students that don’t want to sing a song to a “god” they don’t believe in!
What is also insane is that the school district continues to promote Islam in the wake of what just happened in Paris and San Bernardino.
But, in Obama’s America it is more important to protect and promote Islam than it is to protect innocent American lives.
And, in all of this, not a peep is heard from those anti-religion Grinches – the ACLU or FFRF.
Oh, that’s right. They only hate anything Christian in American public life. Islam is acceptable to those atheists.
About Russ Hepler
Russ Hepler is a pastor, teacher, political activist, author and conference speaker with over 30 years’ experience. He holds a B.A. from Messiah College and an M.A.R. from Evangelical School of Theology. He has been an issues’ advocate, a campaign volunteer for local, state, and federal candidates, Regional Field Director for PA Christian Coalition and president of a county chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life. His first book – Yes! We Can Turn This Nation Around! A Practical Guide for Christian Political Involvement – was published in 2012. He and his wife, Sherry, have founded Transformation 1202 Ministries to educate, encourage, and challenge people of faith to get involved in the political and cultural issues of our day.