Middle School teacher makes kids sing Islamic 'fight song'
What is it about some teachers who teach about Islam? I guess the point is to build "tolerance" for Islam, but that shouldn't mean that teachers take on the role of cheerleader.
One teacher in Orange, County Californai went and got all inventive in her teaching methods and penned a song that is so god-awful, syrupy and sickly sweet in its description of Islam, you have to wonder if she isn't an ISIS plant.
Parents in Orange County are outraged after learning a 7th grade teacher made students sing a song she wrote about spreading Islam in class.
A social studies teacher at Spring View Middle School wrote and ode to Islam and asked her students to sing it. The song is set to the tune of Rachel Platten’s hit “Fight Song,” but the lyrics were doctored.
“Like a sandstorm in the desert, sending camels into motion, like how a single faith can make a heart open, they might only have one god, but they can make an explosion,” CBS Los Angeles reported.
Other lyrics of the song declares that they “don’t really care if no Jews or [Christians] believe,” and “Islam… Allah’s on the way.”
The song’s chorus touts: “This if their fight song, Spread Islam now song, Prove that they’re right song.”
Saints preserve us, even CAIR was offended:
Parents who found out about the song were outraged.
“I believe that by singing this song, the children feel comfortable believing that maybe Allah is the only god, and maybe that they should start following him,” on parent, Susa Negron told CBS. “And that I’m not okay with.”
The song has also upset Islamic organizations like the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Anaheim.
CAIR spokeswoman Ojaala Ahmad said the lyrics “they might only have one god, but they can make an explosion,” were especially troubling.
“Our reaction was that obviously the teacher could have had a better choice of words, he said, Mediaite reported.
“Especially with the recent attacks ISIS has been doing, knowing that this potentially Islamaphobic backlash might come about, what was the teacher’s intention,” Ms. Ahmed asked.
I have no problem with children (maybe a little older) reading and studying about historical Islam or even, for high school kids, delving into the religion's creed. When I was in high school, one of the best courses I took was on comparative religions - taught by an enthusiastic priest who seemed not to care what religion it was as long as God was being worshiped. The priest didn't pass judgment on any religion or belief system; he simply presented the facts and allowed us to form our own opinion. Another course I took was in reading sacred texts as literature. There, the beauty of the writing of the Bible and other religious writings - including Islam - was taught as poetry. It was a fascinating exercise and resulted in many spirited class discussions.
It was a great class and taught me much. But this kind of cheerleading - forcing tolerance down the throats of kids - is brainwashing, not education. The school district said they are "investigating" the matter but ultimately, the teacher should be suspended or fired for this sort of idiocy.