Muslim. Outrage. Jacqui Lambie. Think you know the story? You don’t.
Australian media outlets today are reporting outrage over Cranbourne Primary School’s decision to allow Muslim students to leave during the national anthem.
But is anyone reading the fine print?
The Melbourne school has made the decision to allow Muslim students to walk out during school assembly. Naturally, hordes of parents are up in arms about the decision, with one claiming she ‘saw red’ when 30-50 students stood up and filed out during an assembly last week before the remaining students sung Advance Australian Fair.
“Two children got up and said ‘welcome to our assembly.’ With that a teacher came forward and said all those who feel it’s against their culture may leave the room,” grandmother Lorraine McCurdy said.
“With that about 30 or 40 children got up and left the room. We sang the national anthem and they all came back in.”
“I saw red, I’m Australian and I felt ‘you don’t walk out on my national anthem, that’s [not] showing respect to my country’.”
Never one to miss a chance at poking an angry bear, Senator Jacqui Lambi has jumped on board to add that she finds the situation ‘disgusting.’
“I find that absolutely devastating. We should all be singing the Australian national anthem and we should be doing that with pride,” the senator said.
“I find these schools that are allowing this to happen disgusting.
“I don’t think religion needs to be brought into the national anthem. We should all be proud to be Australians and proud to sing the national anthem.”
Ok, ok, guys — just hold up. Did you actually read why the kids were allowed to leave?
For Shi’a Muslims, October 13-November 12 marks the month of Muharram, which forbids any singing or celebration as they commemorate the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Muhammad. Therefore singing anything — from Adele to The Wiggles to the bloody national anthem — is forbidden. Fair, yeah?
Cranbourne Primary school proudly stands behind it’s school motto of “Many Cultures, One Community”, and we for one think it’s great to instil acceptance in primary-school-age students by respecting their various cultural celebrations.
And another thing? These are primary-school aged children — kids aged between 5 and 12, who are struggling to marry up the teachings from school, with their teachings from home. Let’s make sure they feel safe in whatever actions they decide to take.
C’mon, guys. Time to read the full article.