Will the ACLU pounce on this, claiming that it violates separation of Church and State? Columbus Manor Elementary School in Oak Lawn, the school that banned Christmas, pork and Jell-O, hosted a performance funded by a local Mosque, which tells us that the school isn’t really interested in teaching about other religions but in appeasing Muslims:
The French Canadian singer-songwriter, who converted to Islam in 1993, on Thursday brought his musical message of peace to the cafetorium at Columbus Manor Elementary School in Oak Lawn, performing guitar and percussion-based songs for the schoolchildren.
“Music has been a crucial part of who I am and how I find peace in my own life,” Wharnsby said. “Hopefully, some of that will rub off on the lives of some of the kids who I meet.”
Columbus Manor PTA president Merrit Arnold said the performance, paid for by the Bridgeview mosque, was presented in hopes of easing recent tensions between Muslim and non-Muslim parents about including Ramadan on the school’s list of observed holidays and the elimination of pork products and Jell-O from the lunch menu.
“It’s great that we can all come together and listen to this artist play the guitar and sing his beautiful music and promote healing,” Arnold said. “Music can really reach your heart. You can feel it in your soul. It doesn’t matter what God you believe in or what church you belong to.”
Hamet Arif, of Oak Lawn, came with his son Ryan, 7, a second-grader at the school.
“When I saw the flier saying that (Wharnsby) was going to be here, I knew I had to be here,” Arif said. “I felt the spirituality in the man, and I really wanted to hear what he had to say.”
Arif said a positive message is more important than the religion it comes from.
Hmm. I wonder if this father would have the same attitude if the singer was funded by a Christian church.
Hat tip: Stop the ACLU