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IN ALLAH WE TRUST??? REALLY?

James Harper, a senior at Grand Junction High School in Grand Junction, put his objection to singing “Zikr,” a song written by Indian composer A.R. Rahman, in an email to Mesa County School District 51 officials. When the school stood by choir director Marcia Wieland’s selection, Harper said, he quit.

“I don’t want to come across as a bigot or a racist, but I really don’t feel it is appropriate for students in a public high school to be singing an Islamic worship song,” Harper said. “This is worshipping another God, and even worshipping another prophet … I think there would be a lot of outrage if we made a Muslim choir say Jesus Christ is the only truth.”

School district spokesman Jeff Kirtland defended the decision to include the song.

“Choral music is often devoted to religious themes. … The song was chosen because its rhythms and other qualities would provide an opportunity to exhibit the musical talent and skills of the group in competition, not because of its religious message or lyrics,” Kirkland commented.

“Students are not required to participate, and receive no academic credit for doing so,” he said.

“The teacher consulted with students and asked each of them to review an online performance of the selection with their parents before making the decision to perform the piece,” Kirtland said, and members who object to the religious content of musical selections aren’t required to sing them.

Rahman, who has sold hundreds of millions of records and is well-known in his homeland, has said the song is not intended for a worship ceremony. He stated it is about “self-healing and spirituality.”

“It is unfortunate that the student in Colorado misinterpreted the intention of the song,” Rahman said. “This incident is an example of why we need further cultural education through music.” But one of the verses of the song states “There is no truth except Allah” and “Allah is the only eternal and immortal.”

So according to Rahman more education on diversity is needed. Translation: Christian’s shut up and accept everyone else while your views and faith are trashed, maligned, and restricted in schools.

And we wonder why God Doesn’t Bless America anymore…

 

***portions taken from FoxNews.com

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