School Removes Christian Christmas Imagery But Still Sings “Allahu Akbar” At Holiday Performance
As public schools across America are increasingly encouraged to promote diversity, teachers and school administrators anxious to err on the side of over-inclusivity in every aspect of holiday celebrations are causing concern among parents about some assignments and activities in their children’s schools.
Now a school in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area finds itself questioned by parents who objected to the inclusion of a Muslim song featuring the lyrics “Allahu Akbar” in a holiday student concert.
The Blaine High School “holiday” choir will be singing a Muslim song about Ramadan called, “Eid un Sa’Eid – Zain Bhikha,” in Arabic, complete with the lyrics “Allahu Akbar” (which is translated “God is greater” or “God is greatest”).
The student choir will also sing Christian and Jewish songs given that Christmas and Hanukkah are celebrated in December, however the month-long commemoration of Ramadan was celebrated by Muslims in June.
The Anoka-Hennepin School District reported that it had received complaints about the inclusion of the song after one of the parents of a student in the choir posted the lyrics on Facebook, drawing the attention of other parents to it.
“Thank you Allah for this blessed day, Muslims are singing praises to Allah, Remembering Allah, and All Praise for you Allah. Allahu Akbar.”
One parent wrote, “No child should be forced to sing a song about the Muslims and the religion of hatred.”
Another told local reporters that the words “Allahu Akbar,” which are often shouted by radical Islamic terrorists at the commission of an act of terror, would be “insensitive” coming so soon after the massacres in Paris and San Bernardino.
Both mass shootings were committed by Islamic jihadists, with the California attack killing 14 and wounding many more at a holiday party.
The school district noted in a statement that “songs are not performed in a worship setting or to promote religion, but rather in [an] educational setting where students are learning and performing music,” although parents wondered why a secular song in Arabic, or one without the lyrics stating that Allah is “greater” or “greatest” could not be found to accomplish the stated educational goal.
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