- The Washington Times - Friday, December 18, 2015

A school district just north of Minneapolis is defending a high school’s decision to include a Ramadan song declaring “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great” in Arabic, during this year’s holiday concert.

Some parents in the Anoka-Hennepin School District are questioning a choir teacher’s decision to use the song performed Thursday night at Blaine High School, a local CBS News affiliate reported.

Christian and Jewish songs were also included in the performance, but the Ramadan song sparked debate after a parent of a ninth-grade choir student posted the lyrics to “Eid un Sa’Eid” on Facebook.

“Ramadan has come and gone/ Eid has dawned upon us/ Thank You Allah for this blessed day,” the lyrics say. “It’s a time of brotherhood, a time of peace/ Muslims are singing praises to Allah/ Allahu Akbar/ Allahu Akbar.”

“No child should be forced to sing a song about the Muslims and the religion of hatred,” one commenter on Facebook wrote, CBS reported.

One parent, who did not want to be identified, told CBS that the song is “insensitive,” given the recent terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California.

The school district said it’s received about a dozen complaints about the song. It released a statement explaining the diversity of the school and its desire to “promote equal opportunities for all students,” CBS reported.

“Songs are not performed in a worship setting or to promote religion, but rather in [an] educational setting where students are learning and performing music,” the district’s statement said.

A spokesman for the district said students’ grades were not affected if they chose not to perform the song.

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