A Colorado high school student quit the school choir after an Islamic song containing the lyric "there is no other truth except Allah" made it into the repertoire.
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 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."
District spokesman Jeff Kirtland rejected Harper's analogy.
"This is about bringing diversity to the students and showing them other things that are out there,” Kirtland told KREX. "The teacher was open with the parents and students do not have to participate in this voluntary club choir."
Kirtland did not return multiple calls for comment from FoxNews.com.
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. Messages seeking comment from Rahman were not immediately returned.
The song is written in Urdu, but one verse translates to "There is no truth except Allah" and "Allah is the only eternal and immortal." Although the choir sang the original version, Wieland distributed translated lyrics.
Grand Junction High School Principal Jon Bilbo did not return calls for comment.
School officials told KREX-TV that Wieland -- aware that there would be questions regarding the song -- asked her students to watch a YouTube video of the song prior to performing it.
So, let's get this again. If I put a Christian hymn in a school choir's set list, I'm violating seperation of Church and State, blah blah blah. If I put in a Muslim song, I'm helping to understand diversity.
As I understand it, there are cultural diversity classes out there in many districts that teach about other faiths, and I'm fine with that. This, though, is not a diversity class by any stretch. Nor is it a place for kids to be "forced to worship against their beliefs", isn't that what they say about a Valedictorian wanting to thank God in his/her commencement speech?
If this gets in under the flag of "diversity", then Christian prayers, Menorahs at Hannukah, Buddhist meditations, and atheist lectures should ALL be allowed. By allowing this, the argument goes, the school- and therefore the state- is promoting one religion against all others. At least, that's what they would say if it were Now Thank We All Our God instead of Zikr.
Come on, PC elite. It's not diversity if you exclude a single point of view, even if you reason that it is society's dominant position. This student was allowed to opt out- but this meant quitting choir, something that was important to him. He can be made to quit in the name of diversity, but one person can shut down a whole graduation if they don't want to hear a prayer? Either secular means secular- or the atheist student can opt-out of the valedictory speech. Or you can continue being a hypocrite.
Side note to my Christian friends- isn't it funny how Satan doesn't work near as hard against Allah as he does against Christ?