In the wake of last week’s attack in Paris and heightened fears over terrorism in the U.S., one middle school teacher in Orange County, California, has upset some local parents for instructing her seventh graders to learn and sing a song all about how great Islam is.
Here’s a snippet of the lyrics:
Like a sandstorm in the desert, sending camels into motion,
like how a single faith can make a heart open,
they might only have one god,
but they can make an explosion.
“This is their fight song,” the catchy song declares. “Spread Islam now song.”
More of the lyrics are:
And they don’t really care,
If no Jews of C’s believe
Cause they still have
A lot of others to reach
Part of the chorus goes:
Islam…Allah’s on the way
They will preach them loud tonight
Can you hear their voices this time?
The teacher then involved students, but Susan Negron, the grandmother of one student in the class, said she would not have known the middle schoolers were singing the song had her grandson not accidentally brought the lyrics home.
“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,” Negron argued, “and that I’m not OK with.”
The teacher’s jingle even managed to upset the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
CAIR spokeswoman Ojaala Ahmad took exception to the word “explosion” because it might imply that some proponents of Islam use violence.
“Our reaction was that obviously the teacher could have had a better choice of words,” Ahmad told the Register.
Negron, who initially posted the social studies class material on a Huntington Beach community Facebook page, said she is fine with material about world religions at school in general.
“I would have liked notice before my son sang it repeatedly,” she told the Register. “I would not have let him partake in that particular activity.”