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megimoo
12-05-2008, 11:48 AM
UPDATE: A BRISBANE school that banned the national anthem at assemblies says it will review the policy and that it loves the values embodied in the song.The review comes after The Courier-Mail revealed the school had banned the national anthem at assemblies and sacked the teacher who asked for it to be played.

Today, school trustee Keysar Trad - who yesterday said he was unaware of the anthem ban - said news the anthem was not played regularly at school assemblies came as a shock.

Mr Trad said the anthem was performed at every major school function but was removed from daily assemblies by the principal without the endorsement of the school board.

Trustees and the board would meet to discuss performing the anthem at every school assembly, he said.

"My personal recommendation is that it be performed at every assembly," he said.

Mr Trad said the students were proud to sing the anthem and were known locally for their performance of it.

"Personally, I love the content because it's full of these wonderful words which reflect values that we all share," he said.

The Courier-Mail today revealed Australian International Islamic College teacher Pravin Chand was sacked in November, four months after his proposal for students to sing Advance Australia Fair was ruled to be against the "Islamic view and ethos".

A memo sent to teachers at the Durack school in July and obtained by The Courier-Mail, also said "the singing of the anthem will be put on hold".

The revelations follow an outcry on the Gold Coast this week at a plan by the same college to open another campus at Carrara. A vocal crowd draped in Australian flags accused the college of promoting segregation, anti-Australian values and even terrorism.

Muslim leaders slammed the protests as "un-Australian" and claimed religion should not be used as a reason to protest against a school.

School chairman Imam Abdul Quddoos Azhari yesterday denied the anthem ban and said students sang it "at every function".

But Mr Chand, whose version of events was backed by a second teacher, said he had not heard the anthem once this year.

"No national anthem to me means no integration with Australian kids," Mr Chand said. "Western values (at the school) are a no-no."It's like a paramilitary camp that place."

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Outgoing principal Azroul Liza Khalid, who started at the school in July, said she had not heard the anthem once at assembly, although it was played two or three other times.

Ms Khalid said she was told by a board member not to play the anthem or any songs on Friday because it was a holy day. In July, school assembly day was moved from Monday to Friday.


http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,24753104-952,00.html

PoliCon
12-05-2008, 01:03 PM
ADVANCE AUSTRALIA FAIR

Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We've golden soil and wealth for toil,
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in nature's gifts,
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history's page let every stage,
Advance Australia Fair!

In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair!

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross,
We'll toil with heart and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours,
Renowned through all the lands;
For those who've come across the seas,
We've boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine to
Advance Australia Fair!

In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair!
what the hell is there to object to in there?

Speedy
12-05-2008, 01:12 PM
what the hell is there to object to in there?

No praising of Allah or calls to kill the infidels, for starters.

FlaGator
12-05-2008, 01:16 PM
No praising of Allah or calls to kill the infidels, for starters.

you beat me to it. :D

biccat
12-05-2008, 03:22 PM
what the hell is there to object to in there?

"Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;"

Freedom seems to be abhorrant to Islam.

noonwitch
12-05-2008, 03:40 PM
No praising of Allah or calls to kill the infidels, for starters.

It could be one of those things like Jehovah's Witnesses have about glorifying anything but God.

Speedy
12-05-2008, 03:59 PM
It could be one of those things like Jehovah's Witnesses have about glorifying anything but God.


Yeah, those damned Jehova's Witnesses. Blowing up Embassies. Flying planes into buildings and shooting school children in the back.