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Colo. Student Quits Choir Over Islamic Song Praising Allah

Thursday, 16 Feb 2012 10:16 AM

By Marti Lotman

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A Colorado high school senior felt compelled to quit his school’s choir after seeing that they would be singing a song espousing that “there is no truth except Allah,” reports Fox News.

James Harper, a student at Grand Junction High School, sent an email to Mesa County School District 51 officials, detailing his opposition to singing the song titled “Zikr,” composed by A.R. Rahman.

The school district defended choir director Marcia Wieland’s choice to include the song, so Harper quit the choir.

“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 defended the choice, saying that choral music often centers around religious themes and that the school was not promoting or endorsing any specific belief system.

“The song was chosen because its rhythms and other qualities would provide an opportunity to exhibit the musical talent and skills of the group in competition, not because of its religious message or lyrics,” Kirtland told FoxNews.com in an email.

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