Those darned papists are at it again!
It’s bad enough they established tens of thousands of Catholic elementary and high schools throughout America as alternatives to public school systems, a transparent affront to the quality of public education, but then they went and founded their own institutions of higher learning!
Now, their universities feel they have the right to display crucifixes and other fundamental symbols of Catholicism on their premises, thereby insulting, humiliating, and infuriating members of other faiths, particularly Muslims!
When will this madness end?
According to census.gov, there are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States in addition to 3,660 post-secondary vocational and technical institutions. Of that number, 244 are “Catholic.”
Regrettably, some of those 244 have become Catholic in name only, indeed only nominally-religious in any way. Among them is Georgetown University and the University of Notre Dame, both of which prestigious schools have “secularized” themselves in the interests of gaining acceptance as mainstream rather than being labelled “Catholic universities” which they seem to believe is a pejorative description.
In 2009, Georgetown invited avid abortion advocate President Barack Hussein Obama to speak at the school and accommodated his objections to the deeply-religious letters “IHS” (In Hoc Signo) by covering them during his speech. Georgetown observed the beginning of the holy season of Lent with “Sex Positive Week” featuring discussions on homosexuality and pornography with one hosted by a porn movie director.
For its secular part, Notre Dame abandoned the moral principles on which it was founded by proudly featuring the Abortionist in Chief as its 2009 commencement speaker despite widespread alumni and Catholic media condemnation. Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins won accolades from the liberal media even as he shamed the Irish and his religion.
(See “Apostate Universities,” http://tiny.cc/mxqsj.)
The one hundred twenty five year old Catholic University of America just outside Washington, D.C. hasn’t, as yet, totally succumbed to secularism and political correctness but that’s not due to a lack of effort by an infinitesimal if existent number of its student body, Muslims.
CU has seen a recent 100%+ spike in its Muslim population, from 41 in 2006 to 91 in 2011 out of a total of nearly 7,000 graduate and undergrad students. Life must be challenging for worshipers Of Allah and Muhammad in a Catholic institution although, if they really felt the need, they could choose to attend one of the other 7,420 colleges or technical schools in America.
At least one CU Muslim, Saudi Arabian Reef Al-Shabnan, has no problems saying her daily prayers in an empty room minimally-decorated with “a life-size painting of Jesus carrying the cross. . . . [and] a late priest and theologian . . . [and] a small wooden crucifix.”
Unlike some other Islamists, Al-Shabnan realizes Washington and Catholic University aren’t Mecca or Medina and she freely concedes, “Because it [CU] is an overtly religious place, it’s not strange or weird to care about your religion here, to pray and make God a priority. They have the same values we do.”
To the undying chagrin of Islamic militants, another CU Muslim student, Ali Basiri, seems on the verge of becoming the object of a fatwa–and losing his head if he ever returns to Saudi Arabia after converting. (http://bit.ly/t5ZFf2)
None of that sits well with George Washington University Law School professor John Banzhaf, neither the Christian pictures and small crucifix on the wall where Reef Al-Shabnan says her prayers or the prospect of Ali Basiri’s conversion which would undoubtedly cause Banzhaf to suffer an apoplectic attack.
Professor Banzhaf had previously criticized Catholic University for failing to provide unisex dorms and is now ripping CU because he contends the 91 Muslim students in attendance there were forced to worhip Allah and Muhammad in the school’s chapels, which they are not. Even worse, he charges, Muslims are required to pray at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, which they are not.
Banzhaf filed a complaint over CU’s alleged violations of Muslim rights, violations compounded by CU’s displays of symbols of Catholicity such as crucifixes and failure to avail private rooms for 91 students, with the Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights.
As a CU representative unnecessarily explained, “Our faithfulness to our Catholic tradition has also made us a welcome home to students of other religions. No students have registered complaints about the exercise of their religions on our campus.” (http://bit.ly/uNlBhr)
Who needs students to complain when Muslim agitators like John Banzhaf are more than happy to complain and agitate in their stead? More pertinent questions might be, Why does the United States permit agitators to teach in our universities and preach Islamic hatred and intolerance and does our peace-loving, ultra-tolerant president with a Muslim name condone Islamic agitation and intolerance?
The answers to the latter questions are as obvious as the mortal danger faced by religion in our nation and by our nation itself.