Even if the lyrics didn’t border on calls for violence, the “fight song” a California social studies teacher taught her middle school students should have liberals up in arms about because it crosses the purported line separating church from state. The song, that is, advocates fighting on behalf of Islam.
But this anthem is more than just a defense of what the lyricist views as an embattled religion, as you will see.
The unidentified teacher at Spring View Middle School in Orange County rewrote the lyrics of Rachel Platten’s hit “Fight Song” as an ode to the religion the left is so vigorously committed to defending.
Here are the original opening lyrics:
Like a small boat
On the ocean
Sending big waves
Like how a single word
Can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion
And here are the doctored lyrics that students were asked to sing:
Like a sandstorm
In the desert,
Like how a single faith
Can make a heart open,
They might only have one god,
But they can make an explosion
The sentiment “But they can make an explosion” is picked up almost verbatim from the original, but in the context of radical Islam, the metaphor seems especially ill-chosen.
But that’s not the only line from the song that irked parents of the 7th-graders exposed to this lesson. Other lyrics declare that Muslims “don’t really care if no Jews or [Christians] believe” and — even more disturbingly — that “Allah’s on the way.”
According to the Washington Times, the song’s chorus borders on proselytizing:
This if their fight song,
Spread Islam now song,
Prove that they’re right song.
CBS News spoke with parents, who were understandably upset. But so was the local chapter of the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR), which fears the song could precipitate an Islamaphobic backlash. Spokeswoman Ojaala Ahmad is quoted as saying:
Our reaction was that obviously the teacher could have had a better choice of words. Especially with the recent attacks ISIS has been doing.
The school district has released an apology and says it is looking into the matter.
Here, for those interested, is a music video of the song on which this one is based.
The report comes two days after it was noted in this space that a Utah teacher made waves by asking students to create ISIS recruitment poster.
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