Get this: A Christian is complaining because his high school’s (voluntary after-school) choir is singing a song that includes the phrase “There is no truth except Allah”:
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 told KREX-TV. “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.”
Mind you the school isn’t trying to push Islam to the students. They just happen to be singing a variety of songs from different cultures and some have religious themes to them.
“Students are not required to participate, and receive no academic credit for doing so,” [district spokesman Jeff Kirtland] said.
At an upcoming concert, the choir is scheduled to sing an Irish folk song and an Christian song titled “Prayer of the Children,” in addition to the song by Rahman.
So the complaint is frivolous.
I just want to know where these people are when the songs are explicitly — and only — Christian in nature. If an atheist complains about that, there’s an uproar against the atheist.
That’s Christian privilege for you. It’s all fine when they sing about your imaginary friend, but when it’s someone else’s, you feel very uncomfortable…
Just keep this article handy. It’s hypocrisy waiting to happen.
(Thanks to Chris for the link!)