Education

School Recites Muslim Poem, No Pledge of Allegiance on 9/11 Anniversary

| by Michael Allen
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There has been outrage over the reading of a Muslim poem on the recent 9/11 anniversary at Concord-Carlisle High School in Concord, Mass.

The poem “My Grandmother Washes her Feet in the Sink of the Bathroom at Sears" by Mohja Kahf was read over the school intercom on Wednesday, noted WCVB.

Some people claimed the 2003 poem was an Islamic prayer, which it is not.

Kahf wrote the poem about her grandmother performing the Muslim ritual of washing her feet in a Sears bathroom so that she would not miss her mandatory prayer time, but being glared at by non-Muslim folks in the Midwest.

Concord-Carlisle High School Principal Peter Badalament wrote in a statement: “We had the well-being of students at the forefront of our thinking when we chose to acknowledge 9/11 by reading a poem that focused on cross-cultural understanding rather than unsettling words and images associated with the event.”

According to Badalament, the poem was read as part of "integrating an inclusive and positive culture for all members of the school community."

Badalament added that the Pledge of Allegiance was not read because the pledge reader had an “internship commitment” and was not there: "This was our responsibility to know. We humbly apologize that this oversight and communication gap occurred.”

Source: WCVB and PoetryFoundation.org