London, Dec 22: Next time you sing 'Hokey Cokey' song during football match you will land in jail. Reason: Scottish politicians consider the song to be criminal act as it ignites religious hatred.
Hokey-Cokey song has been part at children's parties and at sherry-fuelled family gatherings. Police have been asked to arrest anyone found using the song to 'taunt Catholics under legislation designed to prevent incitement to religious hatred.
The popular tune which begins "You put your right hand in, your right hand out" might constitute an act of religious hatred, opined Catholic Church and some Scottish politicians.
According to the leader of the church in Scotland, this song has disturbing origins. Critics claim that the song was composed in the 18th century by Puritans with a view to mocking the actions and language of priests leading the Latin mass.
Supporters of Rangers Football Club are said to have been banned from singing anti-Catholic songs at Ibrox stadium to taunt their rivals Celtic, a club with Catholic roots.
Meanwhile, football freaks are using Internet forums to discuss the possibility of getting round the ban by singing the Hokey Cokey at next week's Old Firm derby between the clubs.
As per the church, the song's title derives from the words "hocus pocus", the phrase which was a Puritan parody of the Latin 'hoc est enim corpus meum' or 'this is my body' used by Catholic priests to accompany the transubstantiation during mass. Murdo Fraser, deputy leader of the Scottish Tories, said: "I can't believe Scottish children performing the Hokey Cokey are doing so in pursuit of any sort of anti-Catholic agenda."