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Muslim students at CU want prayer area
Daily Camera ^ | August 4, 2007 | Brittany Anas

Posted on 08/04/2007 9:06:13 AM PDT by george76

Muslim students took a break outside of their University of Colorado office, and in the hallway, positioned their prayer rugs and bodies to face northeast toward Mecca.

It was the second of the day's five ritual prayers. And, except for the echoes of clicking heels and voices, the corridor that houses dozens of other student groups was mostly quiet.

But when the fall semester starts in a few weeks, the University Memorial Center and its hallways, which double as a prayer space for the Muslim students, will once again be bustling.

Muslim students at CU have been pushing for a quiet space on campus that could be used for prayer. Kelly Brewer, a junior international affairs major and president of the Muslim Student Association...

The requests of students in Boulder are part of a larger national movement by Muslim students...

“One thing that state universities should know is that they are under no obligation to build prayer rooms that are interfaith, or prayer rooms used by one specific group,” Lynn said. “If they do use tax dollars to build an exclusively religious building they risk lawsuits by people that don’t agree with the religion that is being supported in this way.”

Critics say Muslim students are getting preferential treatment as some schools nationwide — including the University of Michigan at Dearborn, a campus that has a large Muslim population — are building footbaths for students, who use them before prayer.

Edina Lekovic, communications director for the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles, said footbaths are not even a staple in most Muslims’ homes. She said she would rather see students pushing for a chaplain who could improve interfaith relations between different on-campus religious groups.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailycamera.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: Colorado; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cu; islam; muslim; muslims; muslimstudents; sharia; sharialaw; students

1 posted on 08/04/2007 9:06:14 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76
“If they do use tax dollars to build an exclusively religious building they risk lawsuits by people that don’t agree with the religion that is being supported in this way.”

Will the ACLU be leading the charge?

Kinda doubt it.

2 posted on 08/04/2007 9:09:19 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: george76

Want a muslim prayer area? No problem, turn East, take 6,000,000 steps.


3 posted on 08/04/2007 9:09:48 AM PDT by SampleMan (Islamic tolerance is practiced by killing you last.)
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To: george76

The middle of I-70 would do nicely............


4 posted on 08/04/2007 9:10:48 AM PDT by Red Badger (All I know about Minnesota, I learned from Garrison Keilor.............)
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To: george76
As is to be expected.

A little appeasement invariably results in a lot of new demands.

5 posted on 08/04/2007 9:11:27 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo (There are four types of homicide: felonious, accidental, justifiable, and praiseworthy)
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To: george76

The displacement of liberalism continues.


6 posted on 08/04/2007 9:11:47 AM PDT by junta (It's Jihad stupid! It's the borders stupid! It's Political Correctness stupid!)
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To: george76

Of course we know exactly what would happen if any Christian group of students dared to ask the school for any similar accomodations.


7 posted on 08/04/2007 9:11:56 AM PDT by pnh102
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To: george76
positioned their prayer rugs and bodies to face northeast toward Mecca.

They're facing the wrong direction.

8 posted on 08/04/2007 9:15:53 AM PDT by woofer (Some strive to soar like an eagle, but weasels never get sucked into jet engines.)
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To: george76

“The requests of students in Boulder are part of a larger national movement by Muslim students...”

Muslims are pushing for special rules everywhere in the west. The eventual goal is to put Europe and America under sharia law.


9 posted on 08/04/2007 9:18:12 AM PDT by SmoothTalker
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To: george76

OK, I want a Christian prayer center on campus. It has to have a big cross on top and the Ten Commandments posted prominently on the front. A plaque on the door needs to read, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6)”

Let’s see how far that request goes...


10 posted on 08/04/2007 9:24:28 AM PDT by RepublitarianRoger
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To: Red Badger

“The middle of I-70 would do nicely............”

Don’t laugh, because this is exactly what happened in 1971 in Saudi Arabia when a busload of British Muslims were on their pilgrimage to Mecca. They had made the trip all the way from London.

The busdriver stopped because it was evening prayer time. Instead of parking on the top of the hill the driver stopped at the bottom and parked the bus on the side of the road. Every one piled out of the bus and started praying right in the middle of the road.

Guess what - a tanker truck came roaring down the hill but was unable to avoid the group of pilgrims. It was evening time and road vision was impaired because of a sandstorm.


11 posted on 08/04/2007 9:24:47 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: SmoothTalker

get fitted for burkahs now and beat the rush.


12 posted on 08/04/2007 9:25:59 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
Muslim students at CU want prayer staging area

There, fixed.

13 posted on 08/04/2007 9:26:43 AM PDT by MaxMax (God Bless America)
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To: woofer
You caught that too.

L

14 posted on 08/04/2007 9:27:44 AM PDT by Lurker (Comparing moderate islam to extremist islam is like comparing small pox to ebola.)
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To: pnh102

and that’s the problem. Let them ask and let them go on their knees in prayer too. You can’t do for one without dooing for all. If they don’t request or demand it then....


15 posted on 08/04/2007 9:27:45 AM PDT by cubreporter ( Rush has done more for our country from where he sits than anyone will ever know.)
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To: pnh102

Fine - but throw up a barbeque stand next door. Pork, the other white meat.


16 posted on 08/04/2007 9:28:49 AM PDT by tennteacher (Duncan Hunter '08)
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To: 353FMG

A case of: My Karma ran over my Dogma?........


17 posted on 08/04/2007 9:29:08 AM PDT by Red Badger (All I know about Minnesota, I learned from Garrison Keilor.............)
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To: george76

So polish the floor with a lard based wax....


18 posted on 08/04/2007 9:30:02 AM PDT by spokeshave (Hey GOP...NO money till border closed and criminal illegals deported)
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To: george76

Give them an old Army tent to set up outside.


19 posted on 08/04/2007 9:30:39 AM PDT by airborne (Proud to be a conservative! Proud to support Duncan Hunter for President!)
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To: george76

“Muslim students at CU want prayer area”

And they’ll get it. You see the U.S. Constitution says nothing about Mosque and State.” Only Churches are to be so discriminated against.


20 posted on 08/04/2007 9:32:35 AM PDT by Grunthor (I enjoy holding hands, long walks on the beach and poking dead things with a stick.)
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To: woofer
positioned their prayer rugs and bodies to face northeast toward Mecca.

They're facing the wrong direction.


Great circle route... Of course, I didn't know that Hell was somewhere NE of CU.

21 posted on 08/04/2007 9:32:49 AM PDT by rock_lobsta (Doing my part to warm up the planet... Because Bikinis Beat Burkas!)
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To: george76

Shall Catholic students now ask for an onsite chapel for a Daily Mass?

Just asking?


22 posted on 08/04/2007 9:34:52 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: woofer; M. Espinola; jan in Colorado; ken21

LOL

to face northeast toward Mecca.


23 posted on 08/04/2007 9:36:13 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: airborne

“Give them an old Army tent to set up outside.”

Give them nothing and tell them to pray somewhere else. Never in the history of this country have we had so many problems with any other group as we have with Islam. Their contribution to our society is absolutely zero. And we continue to give in. What the hell is wrong with us?


24 posted on 08/04/2007 9:38:12 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: 353FMG

The Lord works in mysterious ways.


25 posted on 08/04/2007 9:39:11 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (")
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To: pnh102
"Of course we know exactly what would happen if any Christian group of students dared to ask the school for any similar accomodations."

Which is exactly what they (the Christian groups) need to do, so that they are all set up to sue when CU caves in to the Islamic demands.

26 posted on 08/04/2007 9:40:29 AM PDT by YHAOS
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To: george76

If they want a Muslim prayer area, they can buy themselves a house off-campus.


27 posted on 08/04/2007 9:45:20 AM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: george76

Muslim students everywhere often want everything.


28 posted on 08/04/2007 9:45:23 AM PDT by flowerplough ("Call Mr. Plow, that's my name. That name again is Mr. Plow!" -Homer, in a TV commercial.)
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To: george76

dorm room or middle of field in great outdoors = quiet space for prayer.

works for all other religions in campus.

(non)problem solved


29 posted on 08/04/2007 9:48:15 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: BlessedBeGod

a house off-campus...and out of the USA.


30 posted on 08/04/2007 9:53:30 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

I think that when you consider the matter objectively, people who join into any cult religion just have to accept that THEY and not US have to make certain sacrifices.


31 posted on 08/04/2007 9:59:06 AM PDT by Redmen4ever
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To: george76

The CU board should take a listen to this woman before granting any special accommodations to the Muslims.

http://americancongressfortruth.org/


32 posted on 08/04/2007 10:02:48 AM PDT by Paperdoll
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To: george76
Go out behind the gym. Work it out yourself.

This constant demanding is must a method of disruption.

33 posted on 08/04/2007 10:05:32 AM PDT by bannie (The Good Guys cannot win when they're the only ones to play by the rules.)
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To: george76; Lurker; woofer
Pull a string on a globe, or a line on google earth. A straight line between Colorado and Mecca crosses Canada and the southern portion of Greenland.

They are facing in the correct direction.

34 posted on 08/04/2007 10:06:11 AM PDT by SC Swamp Fox (Join our Folding@Home team (Team# 36120) keyword: folding)
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To: woofer
They're facing the wrong direction.

No, they're correct. Great circle distance and bearing from Boulder, CO to Mecca is 7642 miles at a bearing of 34.6 degrees true north. That's northeast.

35 posted on 08/04/2007 10:07:33 AM PDT by weaponeer
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To: george76
Muslim students took a break outside of their University of Colorado office, and in the hallway, positioned their prayer rugs and bodies to face northeast toward Mecca.

Following the Great Circle course I see.

36 posted on 08/04/2007 10:09:32 AM PDT by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: george76
Critics say Muslim students are getting preferential treatment as some schools nationwide — including the University of Michigan at Dearborn, a campus that has a large Muslim population — are building footbaths for students, who use them before prayer.

I can't even begin to tell you how much this pi$$e$ me off.

37 posted on 08/04/2007 10:13:25 AM PDT by econjack
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To: SmoothTalker

I just love this one! The Muslim Offensive in the U.S. is very much about things just like this:

http://www.fanblogs.com/northwestern/006899.php


38 posted on 08/04/2007 10:17:45 AM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: george76

Fine... put a fancy compass on the wall that moves in random directions every few seconds. Tell them the earth is rotating, and the direction to Mecca always changes because of that. They’ll spend so much time trying to bow in the right direction they might be too tired to do anything else. :-)


39 posted on 08/04/2007 10:24:38 AM PDT by ken in texas (come fold with us.... team #36120)
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To: george76
footbaths for students, who use them before prayer.

Actually, all schools have them but the muslims just aren't aware of it. They're well marked too with a sign on the door that says "Men".........

40 posted on 08/04/2007 10:25:40 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (If your cat was big enough it would probably eat you)
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To: george76
Does CU have an Ag school?

Near or in the pig pens might be available.

41 posted on 08/04/2007 10:25:52 AM PDT by magslinger (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors. And miss. R.A.Heinlein)
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To: SmoothTalker
"Muslims are pushing for special rules everywhere in the west. The eventual goal is to put Europe and America under sharia law."

These are the peaceful moderate Muslims - they work in tandem with their violent counterparts. Submit now or you will make them angry.

America is walking headlong right into this - God help you all. You have no idea what you have done.

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

42 posted on 08/04/2007 10:34:52 AM PDT by expatguy (Support - "An American Expat in Southeast Asia")
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To: econjack

Here is more to pi$$ us all off :

“George Mason University: non-Muslim students asked to observe Muslim rules in common prayer area And that’s just one of the accommodations being implemented in schools around the country...”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1871918/posts


43 posted on 08/04/2007 10:43:42 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: RepublitarianRoger

Don’t forget a synagogue for the Jewish students...


44 posted on 08/04/2007 11:42:57 AM PDT by kdmhcdcfld (Use of this tagline without the express written consent of Free Republic is prohibited.)
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To: SmoothTalker

The Dow Jones Index is already Sharia compliant..the Wall Street Journal also?..or to be?? Sharia law is openly and legislatively being ushered in with increasing rapidity, and is beginning to accelerate here more openly...here is the link commenting on the Dow Jones Index compliance with Sharia..http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2007/06/the_dow_jones_islamic_index_is.html


45 posted on 08/04/2007 11:43:38 AM PDT by givemELL (New AlQaeda tactics)
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To: george76

>>>>>Group proposes interfaith room where all religions could gather.<<<<<

this would be a fair solution.


46 posted on 08/04/2007 3:28:30 PM PDT by ken21 (b 4 fred.)
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To: ken21

Thanks.


47 posted on 08/04/2007 5:39:36 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: 353FMG
Guess what - a tanker truck came roaring down the hill but was unable to avoid the group of pilgrims. It was evening time and road vision was impaired because of a sandstorm.

Evolution in action. I suspect the Father Darwin has a soft spot in his heart for these soft-headed folk. 

48 posted on 08/04/2007 8:03:33 PM PDT by zeugma (If I eat right, don't smoke and exercise, I might live long enough to see the last Baby Boomer die.)
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To: SC Swamp Fox

The striaght line may go there. However, shouldn’t they be facing the shortest direction to Mecca?


49 posted on 08/04/2007 8:27:49 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

That is the shortest distance. Pilots and navigators refer to it as “the great circle” route. On a flat map, with latitude lines drawn horizontally, the course looks like an arc, but on a globe it’s a straight line that defines the shortest distance between the two points.


50 posted on 08/04/2007 10:57:51 PM PDT by SC Swamp Fox (Join our Folding@Home team (Team# 36120) keyword: folding)
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