A Range County, California teacher is facing a backlash after teaching students about Islam by making up a terrible song parody. It's sung to the tune of Rachel Platten's "Fight Song," and boy, is it incomprehensible. It's hard to tell whether it's pro-Islam or anti-Islam or if the person who wrote it knows anything about Islam that they didn't infer from watching Aladdin. Here are some of the lyrics:
The teacher who wrote it might see themselves as a budding Weird Al, but their verses left parents angry. Very angry! Nichole Negron—a mother of one of the Spring View Middle School seventh graders commanded to sing—and the student's grandmother Susan Negron are complaining to the school board that the ditty wasn't run by parents before being added to the curriculum. They apparently fear that singing about Allah might magically convert the kids. Susan tells CBS Los Angeles, “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."
Yup, it's just that easy.
With the recent attacks in Paris and controversy swirling around the Syrian refugee crisis, it's understandable that a song about Muslims that includes the lyrics, "They might only have one god, but they can make an explosion," could be considered poorly timed, at best. However, a representative from the school says the lesson in question finished shortly before November 13, and there was no malicious intent.
Ojaala Ahmad, a spokeswoman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, says she doesn't understand this song either.
Our reaction was that obviously the teacher could have had a better choice of words. Especially with the recent attacks ISIS has been doing, knowing that this potentially Islamaphobic backlash might come about, what was the teacher’s intention?
"What was the teacher's intention?" is the main question from everybody, but maybe it's best to just assume they're no Adele, and leave it at that.