Parents Angry After Teacher Changes 'God' To 'Allah' In Christian Hymn

| by Michael Allen
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A fourth-grade teacher in Wels, Austria, changed the word "God" to "Allah" in a Christian hymn so it would not offend Muslim students, who are the majority in the elementary school. The handwritten change enraged Christian parents.

"It isn't just about the use of the word Allah," one child's father said, notes The Local. "You just can't go about rewriting text like this."

Some Christian parents filed a compliant with the school inspector Karin Lang, who met with the teacher and the school's headmaster, Ulrike Fellinger.

Lang said the school teacher meant to give Christian and Muslim students different versions of the song, but one of the Christian kids got a Muslim version, notes Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung.

The hymn has since been removed from the lesson plan.

"I did not realize that the teacher was planning this," Fellinger said. "Songs like this in future have no place outside of the religious class."

Sources: Kronen Zeitung via Google Translate, The Local / Photo credit: Omargar/Wikimedia Commons

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