Song At School’s CHRISTMAS Concert Causing OUTRAGE: ‘Allahu Akbar’‽
Parents at a Minnesota school aren’t too happy this holiday season after learning about a particular song that made it into the school’s Christmas concert, and they have every right to be outraged. Apparently, the choir director has zero sensitivity, and now, they’re being called out for it.
The concert on Thursday night at Blaine High School was intended to celebrate the winter holidays that happen to fall in the month of December – Christmas and Hanukkah. However, for some reason, the school’s choir director thought that adding a song from the Islamic holy month of Ramadan to the mix would be a good idea, and they didn’t think anybody would complain. Boy, were they wrong.
The Islamic song chosen for the concert was “Eid un Sa’Eid,” which is an English-language song that has some Arabic words in it and repeats the phrase “Allahu Akbar” throughout. The sing is sung by Muslims to celebrate the end of Ramada, Islam’s holiest month.
According to the Daily Caller, a portion of the lyrics are as follows:
All over the world Under the big-blue sky Muslims unite to worship Allah
It’s a time of brotherhood, a time of peace Muslims are singing praises to Allah
Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar La Ilaaha Illa-Allahu Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar
Allahu Akbar wa Lillahil Hamd Families are gathering Remembering Allah
And that His Love is the Greatest by far All Praise for You Allah
Isn’t that nice? Now, do you understand why parents were upset? With the recent terror attacks in which the fundamental Islamists shouted that very phrase before snuffing out the lives of innocent “infidels,” I don’t blame a single person for being upset over their children having to sing it during a concert intended to celebrate Christian and Jewish holidays.
According to WCCO, school officials received over a dozen complaints about the song being included. Some of the complaints came from parents at the school, while others came from people simply upset that school children were being forced to sing “god is great” in Arabic.
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.”
In all fairness, Silent Night and Away in a Manger were also sung during the concert. However, both songs are traditionally affiliated with Christmas and seem more than appropriate for a Christmas-themed show, in my opinion.
In a statement, school officials said they promote “equality opportunities” for all students, and they respect the diverse backgrounds from all of them.
“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.”
The incident in Minnesota comes on the heels of a similar incident in Virginia, where students were given an “assignment on calligraphy” and told to write Arabic. Although, of all the possible Arabic words, phrases, and the like, they wrote out, “There is no god but Allah. Muhammad is the messenger of Allah,” in Arabic to “practice calligraphy.” Oddly enough, on the same day, female students were invited to wear traditional Islamic garb, including a hijab, apparently to show solidarity with Muslims.
Some have decried the concerns of parents as Islamophobic or racist, but are they really? I mean, we see things like this often in our school, and they go much further than merely teaching children about different religions. In Virginia, the “calligraphy assignment” seemed more like Islamic indoctrination, and in Minnesota, I would say the same, given the song chosen has nothing to do with any holiday in December.
So what gives? Why are our children being forced into Islamic indoctrination? And where are the cries for separation of church and state when it comes to Islam in our public schools?