I'm an atheist, but I have no problem with Christmas. Apart from the fact that I deplore the commercialism of it - which is what Christmas without Christianity has become. The whole "reason for the season" is the myth that Jesus sacrificed himself on the cross for everybody else, and Christmas should be about instilling that kind of stuff into one's children, not competing to buy them more expensive gifts than they got last year.
Christmas is for kids. As an adult, I also exchange Christmas gifts with family and friends, just because it is the "season for giving" - and an atheist can appreciate that ethic too - not because we're celebrating the life of Jesus but because we're celebrating ourselves as human beings and our humanist concern for others.
So, if I go to a Catholic university for some reason, I'm not going to complain about the fact that they've got Catholic type rosaries everywhere, or crosses, etc. It's a Catholic university! If something about it makes me uncomfortable (and Catholics don't believe in birth control and have a thing about confessing sins they haven't committed, just because it's necessary to confess something, which I don't really care for) - I'm not going to demand that they change! I'd attend a different university that was a secular one. Not-a-problem.
But apparently Muslims don't feel the same way.
Muslim Students Say Catholic University is Too Catholic
RUSH: Get this. Muslim students at Catholic University are claiming that Catholic University is too Catholic. Muslim students at Catholic University claim it's too Catholic, and they are demanding changes. A friend of mine sends me a post here from JihadWatch.org: "Muslim students at Catholic University of America complain that Christian symbols make them uncomfortable when they pray in empty classrooms -- At the heart of this complaint is the hope of establishing a Muslim prayer space on the campus that would be subject to different standards than the rest of the university -- a little enclave of Islamic law where its ban on the display of crosses would be 'respected.' It is mentioned below that Muslim students say they like CUA because they feel 'safe' and 'comfortable.' They are receiving the benefits of what Catholics have built at CUA, but are expecting more. They want to bend the institution to their own purposes for their own 'comfort.'
"They think it's a fine place, if it just weren't so, you know, Catholic, and therefore un-Islamic. 'University Accused of Discriminating Against Muslims,' from CUA's The Tower, October 20 (thanks to B.): New charges have recently been filed against the University on counts of illegal discrimination against its Muslim and female students. The allegations are being reviewed by the District of Colombia Office of Human Rights (OHR), which has the strictest discrimination laws in the country. President John H. Garvey and the University is being urged to respond to the charges. John F. Banzhaf III, the George Washington University Professor of Public Interest Law who initiated the legal controversy surrounding same-sex residence halls, is also the one behind these new charges."
Do you remember Banzhaf, Snerdley? Do you remember where you first saw this guy? Crossfire. This guy Banzhaf I remember from the seventies, certainly the eighties. Had to be the eighties, CNN Crossfire. And I remember his crusade. When I first heard of this guy he wanted the government to ban smoking in a bunch of different places. I remember Pat Buchanan saying to him, laughing at him, "Why does the government have to do all this for? We can take care of ourselves. Why do you want the government involved doing all this?" So he's an excrement stirrer out there and has been for quite a while.
"The official allegations claim 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.'" Catholic symbols at a Catholic University, and John Banzhaf is leading the charge for the Muslim students to set up a Muslim prayer center on the campus because the Muslim students don't have one, therefore they have to go to unoccupied classrooms where there's all this Catholic symbolism up there, and that makes 'em uncomfortable. Right. Damn Catholics had to put their Catholic stuff up on the walls.
This Banzhaf guy, it's not smoking. It was something else. Something else involving the airlines. I can't remember what it was, but it was ridiculous. He did start a tobacco jihad back in the sixties, but when I first saw him on Crossfire it was about something else. I'm having a mental block. I don't remember what it was. It'll come to me. He's been on the childhood obesity kick. He's basically one of these guys that just wants to tear up existing traditions and institutions. So imagine that, Catholic University of America is in violation of human rights 'cause it's too Catholic. Too many Catholic symbols on the walls. It makes the non-Catholic Muslims feel nervous when they go in there to pray.
The article continues. "This formal complaint also maintains that the new same-sex residence halls are particularly discriminating against female students, which is a new position on the same-sex lawsuit that began last month." So this university is being sued for all kinds of things. Is basically being sued because they're Catholic. Catholic University of America being sued because they're too Catholic by a whole bunch of different groups of people, not just the Muslims. So you see the assault on the traditions and institutions which have made the country great continues, and it is an assault that is also coming from the White House. It's also coming from the regime. It's all coming from people on the left, and that's where Obama is, that's the position he occupies.
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