More choir controversy in the news, this time about singing religious songs:
A student has left his high-school choir after the group sang an Islamic song which contained lyrics in praise of Allah. James Harper, a senior at Grand Junction High School in Colorado, protested when the after-school men's choir chose to sing 'Zikr', by Indian composer A.R. Rahman.
He said he thought it was inappropriate for the choir to sing 'an Islamic worship song' which includes the line 'There is no truth except Allah'. But when he complained to the local school district, they defended the choir director, Marcia Wieland - so Mr Harper left the group.
The student, a devout Christian, told KREX he thought that religious people should not be forced to sing the songs of other faiths. '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,' he said.
Here is the damning part for the choir director:
The song, 'Zikr', is in Urdu, but the choir was issued with the English translation before they started rehearsing it.
How dare the choir director provide the translation! He could have avoided a lot of trouble!