There is a movement afoot, an international movement. It seeks not only to co-opt every fragment of democratic, free society, but particularly to control education. Americans commonly speak of the importance of education, of its vital role in shaping the future. Those who seek to replace American education with their own form of indoctrination—it surely does not resemble American education—understand this with crystal clarity, perhaps better than the average American, and surely with far greater purpose and fervor. And as one might suspect, the Obama Administration is assisting them.
Consider the newest attempt, centered in Washington, DC. Fox News reports that the Federal Office of Human Rights is investigating The Catholic University in Washington, DC. The Catholic University has been in existence for 125 years. It is a private sacred school that makes no pretense of being anything other than a Catholic educational institution. The charges?
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.
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.’
The complaint also claims Muslim students:
…must perform their prayers surround by symbols of Catholicism—e.g. a wodden crucifix, paintings of Jesus, pictures of priests and theologians which many Muslim students find inappropriate.
Attorney John Banzhaf, a professor a George Washington University Law School has filed the complaint (his press release is available here). Banzhaf has also included the plainly bizarre complaint that establishing same-sex dormitories discriminates against women because of their sex. Banzhaf included additional complaints:
…women at the university were being discriminated against…some Muslim students were particularly offended because they had to meditate in the school’s chapels ‘and at the cathedral that looms over the entire campus – the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.’
Odd: Islam claims to recognize Christ as a great Prophet. Surely imagery of one of its great prophets should not cause concern? Banzhaf told Fox News:
It shouldn’t be too difficult somewhere on the campus for the university to set aside a small room where Muslims can pray without having to stare up and be looked down upon by a cross of Jesus.
Banzhaf also complained because the university apparently has not formally sponsored a Muslim religious group on campus. Patrick Reilly, President of the Cardinal Newman Society, which promotes Catholic identity among Catholic schools said:
It’s just not something that we view as an activity that we want to sponsor because we’re a Catholic institution rather than Muslim. I don’t know what the attorney wants them to do – if he wants them to actually move the Basilica or if the Muslim students can find someplace where they don’t have to look at it.
One wouldn’t expect a Jewish institution to be responsible for providing liturgical opportunities for other faiths and I wouldn’t expect a Catholic institution to do that. This attorney is really turning civil rights on its head. He’s using the law for his own discrimination against the Catholic institution and essentially saying Catholic University cannot operate according to Catholic principles.
Similar demands have been made of schools both public and private across the nation for decades. Since 9-11, the tempo and intensity of such demands has significantly increased.
The courts, in correct observance of the First Amendment, have routinely accorded substantial deference to churches and religious institutions such as schools, to conduct their affairs as their unique faiths dictate. This is right and proper, and applies particularly to private, not public, schools unsupported by public funds. Attendance at such schools is entirely voluntary. The courts have almost exclusively recognized that religious schools must be free from the dictates of the state.
The Catholic Church is the first and oldest Christian denomination and its tradition of scholarship for clergy and laymen alike is of long standing excellence. Perhaps Catholicism’s most iconic and recognizable symbol is the crucifix. To demand the removal of the crucifix for any reason is nothing less than a demand that the church turn its back on its actual foundation. This is not lost on the Muslims demanding what is essentially a mini-mosque within a stronghold of Catholic education and faith.
The suggestion that Muslims are offended by the sight of the cathedral might be most reasonably addressed by a smart rap upside the noggin and the admonition that they get a grip on themselves and grow up, or alternatively, that since they’ve chosen to live in America, they seriously consider adapting themselves to the customs and traditions of their gracious hosts as is expected of every visitor to every other foreign land. If none of that is pleasing, they might trying simply being quiet and going about their business.
It should be remembered that none of these Muslim students was forced to enroll at The Catholic University. Religious schools do not hide their nature. In fact, they routinely expect students to take part in various, distinctly sectarian religious observances as a condition of enrollment. Some religious schools even require oaths or affirmations of faith, some in writing. As private religious institutions, they are empowered by the Constitution to do this, and citizens have every right to choose whether they will attend such schools. They commonly pay tuition and fees substantially greater than those of state-sponsored schools for the privilege.
Were these students unaware that the “Catholic University” at which they enrolled was actually “Catholic?” Were they oblivious to the fact that a cathedral was a central architectural feature of the campus? Did it escape their notice that Catholics actually display Catholic symbols and generally behave like Catholics?
It is American tradition—and simply good manners—when attending a church not one’s own to follow their rituals and observance of faith, or at the least, not to in any way complain or interfere. Few would think to attempt to impose their religious preferences on a congregation or institution not their own, yet that is precisely what is happening in this case. It is not an idle, passing whim, nor is it an accident.
Across the world, the Jihad proceeds apace. Muslim aims require nothing less than the complete subjugation of the world, which of necessity includes the obliteration of all other faiths. Their leaders have said and written exactly that, repeatedly. The ideal of separation of church and state, of tolerance of and respect for other faiths, is absolutely foreign to Islam.
Jihad is not only accomplished through knives, guns or bombs, but through cultural, spiritual and educational warfare. In European cities, entire Muslim enclaves have been established where civilization has essentially been rolled back more than a thousand years. Sharia rules; women are of less value than livestock and accordingly treated; girls receive no education. Such carve-outs are no-go zones for the police and host governments that lack the societal will to demand assimilation, and in their failure, allow a hostile parasite to consume their ways of life and their beliefs, all that makes their societies—their nations—unique.
It would be comforting but foolish to believe that America, with its First Amendment and tradition of respect for and tolerance of all faiths is immune to such insidious warfare. Many colleges, in the insipid spirit of “diversity” have surrendered completely to the most trivial of Muslim demands, installing ritual washing stations, mini-mosques, and segregated facilities of all kinds for men and women. Colleges that consider co-ed roommates and bathroom facilities a sign of their advancement and intellectual superiority are apparently immune to the irony inherent in simultaneously doing just the opposite where Muslims are concerned. In acceding to Muslim demands, they elevate Islam above not only secular tradition and practice, but above all sacred tradition and practice.
Islam seeks not merely to take its place as an equal among American faiths, to take advantage of the protections of the First Amendment, but to abolish it and to destroy all other faiths, with Judaism first on the hit list. There is no separation of church and state in Islam; the church is the state. This concept is foreign and abhorrent to Americans and is absolutely incompatible with Democracy and individual liberty. “Islam” means “surrender,” a term that, for Muslims, goes far beyond the acceptance of the tenets of a given faith and its faithful observance.
In Christianity, the consequences for failure of faith and religious practice are spiritual, and may, in some faiths include expulsion from the body of believers. But in Islam, ministers control not only the church but the state and systems of civil and criminal justice. Sharia is a Medieval code of conduct and justice with appropriately Medieval punishments. A Christian who kills, abuses his wife and daughters, and attempts to enslave others is punished according to the criminal law quite apart from the church. Their actions rightly set them apart from their faith and civilized men. Muslims who practice tolerance for other faiths, who harm no one and honor and care for women, who wish nothing more than to live in peace with others, are at odds with the specific, written tenets of their faith.
What would education look like under Islam? Fortunately there are many contemporary models. In traditional Islamic nations, only men are educated, and their education consists of memorizing the Koran—in Arabic—with an accompanying curriculum of weapons handling, explosives and the fine art of war against the Infidels—all non-Muslims. This is the curriculum of the Madrassa.
To be sure, many Muslim women and men from more moderate Muslim nations attend foreign universities for eminently practical reasons. Any nation seeking to control its oil resources developed by the West—for example—is in a very bad position without its own engineers and scientists, and a culture without female physicians, where men are not allowed to even look at women not members of their family, condemns its female population to death by refusing to treat easily treated and cured illnesses. In such nations, Islam may be occasionally bent a bit to yield to the profit motive. But should Islam prevail, moderation will surely not be the order of the day if for no other reason than radical Islamists are more than willing to kill even Muslims that do not share their beliefs and practices despite the Koranic ban on such killings.
Do I suggest a vast, world wide conspiracy? Not as Americans understand it. Most Muslims want only to live in peace and freedom, but tens—perhaps hundreds—of millions of Muslims strictly follow their faith in the pursuit of Jihad. Even if one is not a Jihadist, when the demand that another faith surrender its symbols, it’s very character, whether they have taken up arms and actively conspired with unquestioned Jihadists, the result is the same: the gradual destruction of every other faith, of every other culture—western civilization itself—in favor of Islam.
No doubt the Office of Civil Rights has a legal mandate to investigate such complaints. But under the Holder Department of Justice, it is more than clear that some victims and some kinds of complaints are utterly ignored while others receive special attention. It would not be unreasonable to believe, as has so often been the case during the age of Obama, to find the Obama Administration solidly on the side of those who oppose liberty and all that America represents, particularly where Muslim interests are involved.
Some may mistakenly think this conflict is merely an insignificant spat between sects. It is, however, a continuing battle for liberty and the existence of western civilization. By failing to recognize it for what it is, by failing to fight it, we surrender by default.