Skip to comments.Is college using a double standard on 'entanglement' with religion?
Posted on 04/12/2007 5:37:11 AM PDT by Caleb1411
Cultural clashes involving Islam have recently made headlines in Minnesota. At the airport, some Muslim taxi drivers refuse to transport passengers carrying alcohol; at Target stores, some Muslim cashiers won't scan pork products. Now there's a new point of friction: Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Its officials say the college, a public institution, has a strict policy of not promoting religion or favoring one religion over another. "The Constitution prevents us from doing this in any form," says Dianna Cusick, director of legal affairs.
But that seems to depend on your religion.
Where Christianity is concerned, the college goes to great lengths to avoid any hint of what the courts call "entanglement" or support of the church. Yet the college is planning to install facilities for Muslims to use in preparing for daily prayers, an apparent first at a public institution in Minnesota.
Separation of church and state is clearest at the college during the Christmas season. A memo from Cusick and President Phil Davis, dated Nov. 28, 2006, exhorted supervisors to banish any public display of holiday cheer: "As we head into the holiday season ... "all public offices and areas should refrain from displays that may represent to our students, employees or the public that the college is promoting any particular religion." Departments considering sending out holiday cards, the memo added, should avoid cards "that appear to promote any particular religious holiday."
Last year, college authorities caught one rule-breaker red-handed. A coffee cart that sells drinks and snacks played holiday music "tied to Christmas," and "complaints and concerns" were raised, according to a faculty e-mail. College authorities quickly quashed the practice.
They appear to take a very different attitude toward Islam. Welcome and accommodation are the order of the day for the college's more than 500 Muslim students.
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Swell. And I live right across the street.
It's about stamping out Christianity.
Liberals are united in their policy of appeasement towards the 10th century Neanderthals who would cut are throats in a moments notice.
Plain and simple, they hate all religions, but only have the stones to fight those who won't fight back.
Until you make a noise from living across the street they will continue until your entire household is praying with your @ss in the air and your women and children are wearing burkas!
are = our.
That’s great! Walk across the street and scream blue murder. Be sure to take your local ACLU chapter with you. And any friends and family you can muster, as “boots on the ground” now means civilians too. Minneapolis is one front of the jihad and it’s working for the Muslims. Stand up and say HELL NO!
You know what they say about success in business? Location, Location, Location! You’ll find the Dean’s office in the Admin building and you’ll find the Dean hiding under his desk. You can do it...Good luck!
It was never about separation of church and state - it was always anti-Christian...
Thanks for that visual image. Sheesh!
What Liberals fail to realize is that when Islamic radicals say that the West is decadent and deserving of destruction, they cite the actions of our Liberals as their main justification. And in many cases, gay marriage, abortion, secularism and so on, they actually have a point. Were the Islamic radicals to have their way and establish their world-wide Caliphate, Liberals would be the first up against (or under) the wall. Liberals either don’t understand this or they do understand and are trying to suck up to their future over-lords and masters.
I wonder if they’ll be talking about this on “The View”?
Liberals don’t think; they feel. Letting fear rule your life is one thing, but pretending it’s reason and compassion fools no one.
Truth sometimes SUCKS!
This is really sick. So many universities seem to be pandering to Islam. Yet no crosses(no matter how small)
are allowed at my childrens school.
That could be a violation of their rights, according to the Alliance Defense Fund's pamphlet on student rights:
"8. Students may wear clothing or jewelry displaying religious messages to the same extent that other messages are permitted."
You may want to call 1.800.TELL.ADF to see what ADF's interpretation is.