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.
Got that? Catholic University, which is, in case anyone missed it, is a Roman Catholic institution of higher learning.
It is not a public school. It is not a secular school. It is a private, say it again, Catholic, school. But wait, there’s more! From the Fox story:
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.”
Oh, the horror! A Catholic school has “paintings of Jesus, pictures of priests and theologians. Which “many Muslim students find inappropriate.”
Why in God’s name did they go to Catholic, repeat, Catholic, perhaps in capital letters, CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY? That Muslims (or Jews, Buddhists, Protestants, atheists) find Catholic symbols “inappropriate” is beyond question. What kind of a moron would go to a Catholic school and not expect to find Catholic symbols?
Or, more likely, what kind of a trouble-maker would use a frivolous lawsuit to gain something they’ve no right to? What, you say? No “right” to pray? The Muslims have the right to pray wherever they can do so without impinging on someone else’s right to be Catholic.
They’ve a right to their faith. They’ve no right not to be offended by another faith’s symbols that are an integral part of a Catholic university.