A choir teacher in Minnesota thought it was a good idea to have students perform a song about Ramadan during a Christmas concert. A number of parents, however, disagreed – as does a Christian attorney.
The Islamic song performed last week by ninth-graders at Blaine High School – right along with "Away in a Manager" and "Silent Night" – included the phrase "Allahu Akbar," meaning "god is great." According to one report, the district received "about a dozen complaints" about the song – some from parents, some from individuals not affiliated with the school.
OneNewsNow contacted Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute, who says it was completely inappropriate to include in the program a song with "Allahu Akar" in the lyrics.
"This phrase ... has become a mantra for terrorism, for brutality, for murder, for death and destruction," he begins. "Therefore I think it's very, very – at the very least – inappropriate for a teacher to feel so compelled, in the guise of political correctness, to be completely insensitive to what these words have come to mean."
The attorney says such incidents reflect an obsession with "inclusiveness" common among promoters of political correctness.
"[Those words have] almost become the propaganda tool of the Islamic movement in the United States," he continues, "and the problem with it is that it's really not recognizing the truthfulness of what we're facing today and what people are facing around the world."
School officials backed the teacher, saying they promote equal opportunities for all students. But they also stated students not comfortable with singing the song were excused and that their grade wouldn't be affected.