Middle East studies in the News
Funky stuff in MO and MN
by Carol Brown
December 19, 2015
A couple of weeks ago, some Middle Eastern men seemed rather interested in the Bagnell Dam in Camden County, Missouri. Their curiosity extended to an expressed desire to rent a boat and tour the dam. Local station KMIZ reports:
This is just the latest in several reported incidents about suspicious behavior around the state of Missouri. At least five law enforcement agencies across the state have confirmed they took reports in recent weeks about men buying a suspicious amount of pre-paid cell phones at Wal-Mart stores. Authorities in Columbia, Jefferson City, Macon, Ava, and Lebanon all said they sent their reports on the incident to the FBI.
Authorities in Marshall also said they have sent a report about a man buying a suspiciously large amount of laptops from a Wal-Mart Store there.
Meanwhile, traveling north to Minnesota, students will be singing songs for the holidays. And what better way to do so than to sing a song with lyrics that include "Allahu Akbar"? Local CBS reports:
Some parents in the Anoka-Hennepin School District are questioning a choir teacher's decision to use a song about Ramadan performed in Arabic at a holiday concert.
At Thursday night's concert at Blaine High School, one of the songs students will be singing includes Arabic words, including the phrase "Allahu Akbar," which means "God is great."
"Allahu Akbar" does not mean God is great, as much as the media and others insist that it does. I t means Allah is supreme. As in Islamic supremacy. Spread the word. It would be nice if the media could get a few such details right every now and then. Not asking too much.
Christian and Jewish songs will be performed as well, but the Ramadan song is getting all the attention.
It started with a post on Facebook. A parent of a ninth-grade Blaine choir student posted the lyrics to the song the choir has been practicing. When others learned students would be singing the song on Thursday, the comments took a turn.
One person posted, "No child should be forced to sing a song about the Muslims and the religion of hatred."
Very encouraging to see at least one person is clued in.
Another parent, who didn't want to be identified, told WCCO phone that considering the recent events in Paris and San Bernardino, singing a song about Allah would be "insensitive."
"Insensitive" is putting it mildly, but I guess for some it's a start.
The Anoka- Hennepin School District said they have received about a dozen complaints about the song. Some are from parents, some are from people not even affiliated with the school.
In a statement, the district said that they have students from many different backgrounds and cultures, and they promote equal opportunities for all students.
"Songs are not performed in a worship setting or to promote religion," the district's statement said. "but rather in [an] educational setting where students are learning and performing music."
A spokesman for the district said the Arabic song will be sung during an audience participation portion of the concert.
Oh great. So they can get the whole audience to join in the deadly chant of "Allahu Akbar!" Good grief!
During that time, a Jewish song and Christian songs, such as "Away in the Manger" and "Silent Night," will be sung as well. A hallelujah chorus will also be sung near the end of the program.
Not to be too picky, but neither of the songs noted above is Jewish. Just sayin'.
While the Ramadan song mentions brotherhood and peace, the district says that any student who doesn't feel comfortable singing it doesn't have to. Their grade will not be affected.
Well of course it "mentions brotherhood and peace." This is being sung in English to the uninformed. What a great P.R. opportunity. Muslims know how to work it.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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