Feb 16 2012
James Harper, a senior at Grand Junction High School quit the school choir after an Islamic song containing the lyric “there is no truth except Allah” made it into the repertoire. Below is a video of the song:
KREX-TV (H/T RevereRidesAgain) Harper thinks the Islamic song picked for the after-school men’s choir group should be pulled, because he says the Islamic piece is not appropriate for a public school choir. The song is called “Zikr,” and its composer says is not intended for a worship ceremony. For senior James Harper, a Christian who is active in his local church, the wording and meaning of the song is such that he feels it should not be performed by students in a public school setting.
“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 NewsChannel 5.
Harper sent an email to District 51 officials expressing his concerns with the song. District officials said while they understand not everyone will agree with or appreciate songs due to the religious nature of the pieces, they completely stand behind both the music teacher and the song.
“This is about bringing diversity to the students and showing them other things that are out there,” spokesman Jeff Kirtland said. “The teacher was open with the parents and students do not have to participate in this voluntary club choir.”
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