A California public middle school teacher has found herself in hot water after having her class sing a song praising Islam. She thought the catchy tune was just the ticket to teach her seventh-graders about Islam.
The Anaheim teacher wrote the lyrics herself, using the melody of Rachel Platten’s “This Is My Fight Song,” according to CBS Los Angeles affiliate KCAL-TV. One verse reads:
Like a sandstorm
In the desert
Like how a single faith
Can make a heart open,
They might only have one god,
But they can make an explosion.
That last line was especially inappropriate, given the carnage left in Paris last week by Islamic State militants who used explosive suicide vests inside a soccer stadium.
The chorus begins:
And all those things they have to say
Allah, Islam’s on the way
Susan Negron said she only found out about the song by accident, when her grandson brought it home from school. She and her daughter, Nichole Negron, both appeared before the Oceanview School Board on Tuesday to address their concerns.
“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,” Susan Negron said. “And that I’m not OK with.”
Even the Council on American-Islamic Relations voiced its objection to the song.
“Especially with the recent attacks ISIS has been doing, knowing that this potentially Islamophobic backlash might come about, what was the teacher’s intention?” Ojaala Ahmed, a representative of CAIR’s Anaheim chapter asked.
The school said it’s looking into the matter and released a statement of apology.
Watch the clip, via KCAL-TV.
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