But, as the Examiner points out, Muslims all over this country are getting special treatment that Christian and Jewish groups are routinely denied.
The principle of separation of church and state in tax-funded institutions has been upheld in more than a dozen Supreme Court rulings. As a result, overtly religious symbols of mainstream religions such as Nativity scenes, the Ten Commandments and menorahs have largely been banished from the public square on the grounds that they offend unbelievers.
But many public colleges and universities have been quietly accommodating some students’ religious activities while ignoring or even trampling on the First Amendment rights of other students.
For example, last year administrators at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College banned a coffee cart operator from playing music “tied to Christmas,” but approved the use of tax dollars to install special basins for Wudu so that Muslims could ritually wash their feet before prayer. College President Phil Davis defended this glaring double standard by absurdly insisting that “the foot-washing facilities are not about religion, they are about customer service and public safety.” At least a dozen other public colleges and universities in the nation have also installed Wudu facilities, including George Mason University in Fairfax.
The paradox strains logic. Church and state remain firmly separated on campuses where the majority of students are Christian, Jewish or of no faith, but administrators toss the principle right out the window to satisfy a minority of Muslim students. Many college officials are granting prerogatives to Muslim students in the United States and Canada that are not permitted to other groups. For instance, the Ontario Human Rights Commission regards failure to make special accommodations for Muslim students, including inserting “Islamic perspectives” into secular curriculums like nursing and finance, as a form of “Islamophobia.” Expect similar political correct demands soon on American campuses.
This Orwellian, some-religions-are-more-equal-than-others approach is both hypocritical and discriminatory. The Constitution, to say nothing of basic fairness, demands that the same rules regarding the public expression of religious faith be applied equally to everybody. And for once wouldn’t it be refreshing to see a college president show some real backbone when faced with unreasonable demands from activist minority students seeking exclusive privileges?
It’s clear why universities and other institutions are granting privileges to Muslims that they deny other religious groups: they’re terrified that Muslims will declare jihad and dispatch suicide bombers to blow up the schools and their students if they refuse to submit to the Muslims’ demands. Let’s face it. Most people are becomming terrified of Muslims. The Islamofascists have convinced us that any Muslim is dangerous, that he is capable of mass murder if he does not get his way. Why Muslims in America aren’t furious with the Islamists for foisting this murderous image upon them, I’ll never know, because this kind of image will follow them around for a very long time, causing Americans to look at even the most kind, gentle Muslim as suspicious. But instead of expressing outrage at the Islamists, Muslims instead turn their fury at Americans for even entertaining the thought that Muslims are dangerous, when in today’s climate, it’s virtually impossible not to.
InstaPundit agrees with me but wonders if fundamentalist Christians would ever resort to their own jihad in an effort to get their way since it seems to work great with Muslims. I sincerely doubt it as does Bryan at Hot Air, who does a nice job arguing why.