Monday, October 31, 2011

Catholic University Charged With Discrimination

Catholic University (CU) being sued for not being Politically Correct. A small minority at the university want the school to change policies just for them. There nearly 7,000 students of which a mere 122 are Muslim Students find it offensive to have to stare at a cross, wooden crucifix, pictures of Jesus while performing their prayers.

The complaint filed with DC Office of Human Rights by John Banzhaf, an attorney and professor at George Washington University Law School. The 60 page complaint is alleging the University is discriminating against Muslims and also women.

Muslims students want a special room all to themselves to hold their prayers in, they are required to pray 5 times a day. The room MUST be free of any Christian Symbols. There is a Jewish organization on campus and they hold their meetings in unoccupied classrooms.

The other major point in the "complaint also charges that eliminating all mixed-gender dormitories on campus,and henceforth forcing students who live on campus to reside in single-sex segregated residences,constitutes discrimination on the basis of sex against female students since students will be assigned to dormitories solely on the basis of their sex, and many will be denied their residence of choice solely because of, and on the basis of, their sex."

Banzhaf said some Muslim students were particularly offended because they had to meditate in the school’s chapels “and at the cathedral that looms over the entire campus – the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.”

If the Muslims are so offended by the schools Catholic traditions one might ask why would they even consider going there? The schools president answered that in a December of 2010 interview with NPR: “An important reason [that Muslims are gravitating towards Catholic universities] is that the Muslim students, especially those who are observant, feel comfortable and safe at the institution,” said President Garvey in an interview with NPR in December of 2010.  “It’s a place where their own faith practices are mirrored by our own. And they feel both welcome and understood at the campus.” He later went on to say: “We make classrooms available, or our chapels are places where they can pray” he told NPR. “We don’t offer Halal meat, although there are always meals that conform to Halal regulations, that allow students to do what they want.”

So what's the beef with them? These people come to our country, elect to attend a private Catholic school. What do they expect? There is a large Catherdral which looms over the entire campus which apparently offends them also. Do they want the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception moved to another location.

In my opinion they are asking a lot of a private school. Why should they remove their crosses, etc just so they don't have to look at them. They should be grateful the school accepted them and learn to live in the Western World. They knew it was a Catholic University when they enrolled. Surely they took a tour of the facilities and knew they would be surrounded with Christian symbols.

Whose "Human Rights" are they taking away? Seems to me they are trying to discriminate against the Christians of this country. I will once again be disappointed with our justice system if they rule in the favor of the Muslims. This is one case I will follow closely and keep you informed.

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