Be forewarned. This is a rant.
First, I object to the term "holiday concert." On December 25th of every year, we celebrate Christmas. We may have become a materialistic society, all wrapped up in finding the perfect gift, spending more than we can afford and glorifying Santa Claus, but the reason we have a holiday at this time of year is because on that day we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Were it not for that event, there would be no holiday at all.
Generations of Americans have attended school Christmas concerts, Christmas plays and Christmas programs. But now, with the trend toward political correctness, these Christmas celebrations in our schools are no longer allowed. And that is to our everlasting shame.
Second, there is a time and a place for exploring other religions and the traditions of other countries. A school in a suburb of Minneapolis has chosen to include a muslim song in its "holiday" program. To be fair, there are songs from other countries and faiths included within the concert. Local news reports state that, for instance, a Jewish song will be sung. So why do I object to a muslim song and not a Jewish song? Because to the best of my knowledge, the Jews are not beheading anyone, nor are they burning people alive in cages, nor are they engaged in mass shootings in theaters. As far as I know, no Jew has ever waged jihad on America, nor has even one stood in the streets screaming, "Death to America." That's why.
I have no problem with school children learning about other countries and the religions of those countries, nor do I have a problem with them learning songs from other countries to get a feel for any nationality or religion. It is good to know what other countries and religions are all about. We can never learn too much. But these teachings and songs belong in a classroom setting and not in a "holiday" concert.
I have ancestors who came here from England, France, Germany and Scotland. My children have ancestors who came here from Norway and Denmark as well. They brought with them the religions and traditions of the "old country." But each and every one of those ancestors learned the language. They entered this country legally. They jumped through all the hoops to become citizens. They became Americans. And they were proud to be Americans.
The excuse the school district gave for including the muslim song in their concert was this:
"In a statement, the district said that they have students from many different backgrounds and cultures, and they promote equal opportunities for all students."
That is all well and good. I'm all for equal opportunity. But this all inclusive politically correct BS needs to stop. A Christmas concert is no place to celebrate a religion that wants nothing more than to kill me.
As far as I know, the concert has been given. I have been unable to find any news source that reported on it after the fact. Whether or not the school kept to the original program is unknown. But if they did, shame on them.
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