With the attacks on religious freedom's continuing ona federal level with the Obamacare contraceptive mandate, here inmichigan we are about to witness it first hand in this bloggers opinion.
Choral director Jeffrey Cobb told his singers and orchestra — roughly 180 local adults and teens drawn from college, a high school, and churches — that he was barring an Islamic prayer from the piece they planned to sing. Their concert was to be performed the next day, on Veterans Day, at First Congregational Church in Traverse City for the annual Mel Larimer Concert Series.
Pastor David Walls and other church officials wanted nothing to do with the Islamic Call to Prayers portion of the performance. They did not want to offend their congregation and military veterans they planned to honor that day, church leaders said. The problem I see has to do with Alya Nadji, 16, a Muslim and member of the Traverse City West High School Chorale.
Alya Nadji andher parents
Alya tried to keep singing, but couldn't compose herself. She ran to the bathroom sobbing. She sent a text message to her parents and asked them what she should do. They decided she should leave the rehearsal.
"I felt like I wasn't being treated equal ... I felt that I was unwelcome and that I didn't belong any place near there," said Alya, a junior, who wears a head scarf in the Islamic tradition.
What do you think will happen? Will this young lady's hurt feelings trump those of the Pastor tyrying to preserve a Christian tradition?
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