by Dr. D ~ October 27th, 2011
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Muslims students at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC have lodged an official complaint of discrimination against the private Christian university.
Their major complain revolves around not having an official prayer room on campus and all of the Christian symbols including crucifixes in the classrooms which they find offensive. The official allegations claim that CUA:
“does not provide space – as other universities do – for the many daily prayers Muslim students must make, forcing them instead to find temporarily empty classrooms where they are often surrounded by Catholic symbols which are incongruous to their religion.”
Muslim students would also like to form an official student group on campus.
Also, another complaint of discrimination, involving female students, has been lodged against the university practice of maintaining traditional same-sex residence halls on campus. Many universities across the country has gone with coed and mixed sex dorms.
The District of Colombia Office of Human Rights (OHR) is reviewing the allegations. According to reports, the DC office maintains the strictest discrimination laws in the country.
Response: This is incredible. It is a private Christian university after all. Muslims say they like to go there because they feel safe and accepted yet are offended by the Christian symbols so want to change the place? Why not go to a secular school instead where there are no offending crosses or symbols?
The school is allowing the students to pray in empty classrooms so where is the real discrimination? If the Catholic school is forced to take down the crosses and allow a room for Muslim symbols to be put up instead than real discrimination would be taking place. It is not a public school after all but a Christian institution. The symbols should be expected and the school should not be forced to make room for an entirely different religion.
Also, are traditional same-sex dorms discriminatory? Again, this is a Catholic institution which is trying to maintain some semblance to Christian morality. Christian colleges and universities all across the country still maintain the ‘old-fashion’ separation of the sexes in the dorms on campus rather than the modern hedonistic mixed dorms found in most public universities.
What really would be discriminatory is if the CUA is forced to make changes in their Christian environment to accommodate another religion or secular morality. *Top