Skip to comments.Attorney: Crosses at Catholic University violate human rights of Muslim students
Posted on 10/27/2011 6:39:22 PM PDT by Jean S
The Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights is investigating the Catholic University of America.
The Tower, a student newspaper at the university, says the charges allege the school does not provide Muslim students with places to hold frequent prayer services free of crosses or other Catholic symbols.
John F. Banzhaf III, a George Washington University Professor of Public Interest Law, ade the complaint to the human rights agency. In a news release Banzhaf alleges: "It is alleged 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."
The university says it hasn't seen any legal filings on the matter, but sent a written statement to Fox News.
Our faithfulness to our Catholic tradition has also made us a welcome home to students of other religions, said Victor Nakas, associate vice president for public affairs. No students have registered complaints about the exercise of their religions on our campus.
Banzhaf also complained that CUA does not sponsor a Muslim student association. But the Tower reports an Arab American Student Association recently formed on campus. The founder, Wiaam Al Salmi, told the Tower, The community here is very respectful of other religions and I feel free to openly practice it.
Patrick Reilly, the president of the Cardinal Newman Society, an organization that promotes Catholic identity on college campuses, told Fox News he was stunned by the complaint.
This attorney is really turning civil rights on its head, he said. Hes using the law for his own discrimination against the Catholic institution and essentially saying Catholic University cannot operate according to Catholic principles.
Freakin’ vampires. They are nothing but a pain in the ass. Especially around this time of year.
I would think this was satire, but in this day and age something like this is considered normal. Geesh, Louise, it’s a frickin’ CATHOLIC university!!
What did they expect?
The deal should be that Catholic University provides a "neutral" space when the first Church is opened in Saudi Arabia.
Burqas at Catholic university violate rights of Catholic students.
The mere fact that Christianity is still legal in the USA violates the rights of Muslim students. [/s]
They don’t have any resources just off campus where they can howl to Allah in a cross-free room?
But yeah, it’s a Catholic university and at least nominally it matriculates students from a Catholic world view. Somehow this is not raising the ire of their Moose students. If Moose don’t like that, they should go to secular universities or set up Moose universities.
Seeing a moozlum anywhere is an insult to others.
Oh for goodness sakes. Things are not only getting worse day by day, but thread by thread!
And NO, I won’t turn off my FR. I’m addicted.
Lawyers are nothing more than predatory scavengers living off the road kill of society.
EXACTLY. John Banzhaf gives even trial lawyers a bad name - he makes John Edwards look like a boy scout of a lawyer.
This is the guy that first started suing the tobacco companies, then sued other lawyers for a bigger slice of that pie, then started in on mcDonald's and Burger King. Oh yeah and he's filed complaints and suits for "potty parity."
He's also going after Catholic University for doing away with co-ed dorms and returning to same sex dorms on campus.
This guy is just plain sleaze. H
Banzhaf III is a leftist nutcase and always has been. However, he is a good lawyer and is thus very dangerous to American society.
Wonder how the leftist Catholics are going to view this?
Infiltrate and destroy from within. It’s working like a charm.
I attend a Catholic University in the DC area as well, and it, too, is swarming with muslims. I mean SWARMING. Catholic Universities are asking for it by accepting them.
Most of them travel in packs, gibbering in arabic. Had to tell a few of them to shut up one night in the quiet section of the library. They came right back at me (middle aged white woman, of course) w/ a bronx cheer type of reaction — the young men truly are spoiled rotten monsters.
Laws need to change in this country regarding the attendance of private religious schools. Either you accept what’s being put forth there, or you DON’T GO.
Infiltrate and destroy from within. Its working like a charm.
All over America.
Banzhaf is really on the side of Muslims, he is the one creating the issue here. The Univeristy has not received any complaints from Muslim students. This is this guy's modus operandi - create an issue and then seek clients.
he is also going after CUA for discrimination because they have done away with co-ed dorms. He is a terrorist in a suit and should be disbarred. Personally I would like to see him locked up, but that's just me.
What did they think “Catholic” in Catholic University of America meant?
I don't like to lose.
When they learn respect us, we can all get along just fine..
There are many that are here not because they want to be here but by cause of their mission.
The Catholic University could end this real quick. Don’t allow Muslims to attend a Christian University.
This is one of the stupidest things we have heard recently. Of course Catholic universities have crosses. Duh.
Burqas violate the rights of Muslim women. Its no way that I can see that there is a loving god in that kind of system. I do know Jesus loves Muslims and there is nothing they can do about that.
I totally understand what you are saying. I didn't attend a Catholic university, but did spend 12 years in Catholic schools. Even in the 60s and 70s Catholic schools did accept students of other faiths, I don't remember any muslims, but I do remember Protestants and even a couple of Buddhists. They didn't partake in the Sacraments, but in every other way behaved no differently than the Catholic kids.
Either you accept whats being put forth there, or you DONT GO.
That I am in total agreement with, but do not agree with you about changing laws - they do not have to admit students of other faiths if they do not choose to do so.
This is a non existent problem that has been created by a money hungry and media attention seeking piece of excrement. This kind of crapola is Banzhaf's stock in trade and how he makes a living.
Tango Sierra. If your god can’t withstand the presence of those “idols”, he’s not much of a god.
I guess they don’t understand that they’re whining about something their “religion” says doesn’t matter. Idiots - and doomed.
Do those students need to find another school? I think so!!!
The deal should be accept no Muslims at Catholic University.
They don’t belong there.
I'm thinking they need to find another country. One with lots of sand and mosques in it.
That attorney is the reason I still think there is a need for abortions. He is a prime candidate even as a “matured fetus”.
Hopefully the university will stand strong against this abomination, or is that Obamanation? God help anyone in the university administration who caves, especially on Judgement Day.
Our big box supermarket seems overrun by them tonight — in a place that isn’t usually full of the scarf-wearing, angry/hostile ones. On top of it, their offspring were running around all hopped up on something, climbing the stacks and everything. I wish I had worn my crucifix.
who’s forcing them to go to a Catholic school?
Islam Delenda Est - because of what Islam is, and what Muslims do.
“I do know Jesus loves Muslims”
Specific cites, please.
Oh ... wait.
They understand perfectly well ... and they're waging jihad against Catholic University.
why would a muslim student want to go there if he/she were so frightened of crosses to begin with?
Catholic University has crosses EVERYWHERE. Outside, inside - in the hallways, in the rooms, in the dining halls. Maybe even in the bathrooms?
I bet they’re REAL offended by the basilica huh?
What, on earth, are they doing there in the first place?
?? Who opened the door to allow some ragheads to study at a Catholic University??
Screw the muzzies, throw them out, and refund the balance of their semester payments. Bar them from the campus!
The jihad being waged here is being done by thew sleazeball lawyer who has created this issue that was not an issue until he decided to make it an issue.
This jackwagon Banzhaf makes the ambulance chasing John Edwards look like a boyscout.
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Why are non-Christians going to school here in the first place?
And we wonder why a bunch of savage backwoods militia Islamic fundamentalists are kicking our asses....
Jews won’t worship in the presence of idols,either.