Parents of choir students at Blaine High School in Minnesota are furious after their children have been asked to sing a song about Islam and Ramadan during a Christmas holiday concert.
The song includes the phrase “Allahu Akbar” meaning “God Is Great.” The controversy kicked up when one of the choir members posted a picture of the song sheet to Facebook.
“No child should be forced to sing a song about the Muslims and the religion of hatred.” said one mother.
The school district has said they are simply promoting equality among the diverse school district. They have also said if students do not feel comfortable performing the song, they can sit out at no cost to their grade.
From CBS Minnesota:
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.
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