Muslims say crosses at Catholic University Violate “Human Rights”

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The Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights confirmed that it is investigating allegations that Catholic University violated the human rights of Muslim students by not allowing them to form a Muslim student group and by not providing them rooms without Christian symbols for their daily prayers.

The investigation alleges that Muslim students “must perform their prayers surrounded by symbols of Catholicism – e.g., a wooden crucifix, paintings of Jesus, pictures of priests and theologians which many Muslim students find inappropriate.”

A spokesperson for the Office of Human Rights told Fox News they had received a 60-page complaint against the private university. The investigation, they said, could take as long a six months.

The complaint was filed by John Banzhaf, an attorney and professor at George Washington University Law School. Banzhaf has been involved in previous litigation against the school involving the same-sex residence halls. He also alleged in his complaint involving Muslim students that women at the university were being discriminated against. You can read more on those allegations by clicking here.

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.”

“It shouldn’t be too difficult somewhere on the campus for the university to set aside a small room where Muslims can pray without having to stare up and be looked down upon by a cross of Jesus,” he told Fox News.

A spokesman for Catholic University said they have not been served a copy of the complaint and would withhold comment until they had received and reviewed the documents.

In a 2010 interview with National Public Radio, university president John Garvey acknowledged that they don’t set aside prayer rooms for Muslim students.

“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.”

Banzhaf said that it is technically not illegal for Catholic University to refuse to provide rooms devoid of religious icons.

“It may not be illegal, but it suggests they are acting improperly and probably with malice,” he said. “They do have to pray five times a day, they have to look around for empty classrooms and to be sitting there trying to do Muslim prayers with a big cross looking down or a picture of Jesus or a picture of the Pope  is not very conductive to their religion.”

As for the creation of a Muslim student group, Banzhaf said the university has an association of Jewish students – so why not a Muslim group?

“I think they are entitled as a matter of law to be able to form a Muslim student association and to have the same privileges as associations,” he said. “I think that most of them would much prefer to have a place to pray – that they are not surrounded by various Catholic symbols – a place that is more conductive to their religious beliefs than being surrounded by pictures of Popes.”

Garvey, in his 2010 interview with NPR, addressed that issue.

“It’s just not something that we view as an activity that we want to sponsor because we’re a Catholic institution rather than Muslim,” he said.

Patrick Reilly, the president of the Cardinal Newman Society, an organization that promotes Catholic identity among Catholic schools, seemed stunned by the complaint.

“I don’t know what the attorney wants them to do – if he wants them to actually move the Basilica or if the Muslim students can find someplace where they don’t have to look at it,” he told Fox News.

Catholic University, he said, is a Catholic institution.

“One wouldn’t expect a Jewish institution to be responsible for providing liturgical opportunities for other faiths and I wouldn’t expect a Catholic institution to do that,” he said.

“This attorney is really turning civil rights on its head,” he said. “He’s using the law for his own discrimination against the Catholic institution and essentially saying Catholic University cannot operate according to Catholic principles.”

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9 thoughts on “Muslims say crosses at Catholic University Violate “Human Rights”

  1. It’s a Catholic University, no one is stopping them from leaving if they don’t like the way things are done there.
    It’s just another way they are trying to push their quasi-religion over us
    and I’m getting tired of reading about how everybody is bending over to accommodate them, if they don’t like the way we do things here I’m not stopping them from leaving the country to go back from whence they came.

  2. THE ISLAM MENTALITY IS ONE OF THE WORST VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS. THESE MORONS JUST DON’T GET IT.

  3. They don’t have to attend Catholic University if it offends their sensibilities so much.

  4. What is most important here? The Muslims need for a pure room so they are undistracted in their faith or the need for the Catholic faith to remain pure and undistracted from it’s purpose by Muslims who have chosen to go to a religious institution that is not in keeping with their faith?

    Surely, if you have faith and it is pure, what surrounds you should not be a distraction to that faith or that faith must not be that strong?

    For me, I can find my centre of being and pray anywhere. One second in the presence of the true and living God is far more important than what I see around me.

    • Muslims knew the conditions before going to the school. They wouldn’t make arrangements for Christians in their country. America has bent over backwards since 9/11 for these people and why?

  5. This is the passive-aggressive Muslim technique where they attempt to appear the victim while taking advantage of run amok political correctness in order to destroy America.

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