Parents in the Austrian city of Wels are angered after a teacher substituted the word ‘God’ in a popular Christian children’s song with ‘Allah’. The teacher said the alternative version was meant to be sung only by Muslim kids in a mainly-Muslim class. However, the controversial decision has caused outrage among parents, with some filing a complaint with the state council that oversees school activity.
“It isn’t just about the use of the word Allah. It also means God! You just can’t go about rewriting text like this,” said the father of one of the pupils to Austrian newspaper Krone. The original song, titled ‘Gottes Liebe ist so wunderbar’ (God’s love is so wonderful) is extremely popular among Austrian Christian children. The teacher of the fourth form of the Vogelweide public school, the main culprit in the parent`s eyes, said in an interview with school inspector of the Wels district that she hadn’t intended to distribute the copies of the ‘edited’ version to non-Muslim children. FULL REPORT