There was a time when something like this would be dismissed out of hand:
A DC-area legal activist has filed a federal human rights complaint against the Catholic University of America (CUA) for acting “probably with malice” against Muslim students for having Catholic imagery in all of its rooms that would hinder Muslim prayer – though the school says it has never heard a complaint from the students themselves.
John Banzhaf, a George Washington University Law School professor who has a history of filing suits to promote agendas on such topics as childhood obesity and tobacco, filed the complaint with the Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights, Fox News’ Todd Starnes reports. Banzhaf is the same activist who filed a lawsuit against CUA president John Garvey last month for transitioning the college out of co-ed dorms, which he also called a human rights violation.
“It may not be illegal, but it suggests they are acting improperly and probably with malice,” said Banzhaf about the religious imagery in classrooms. “[Muslims] do have to pray five times a day, they have to look around for empty classrooms and to be sitting there trying to do Muslim prayers with a big cross looking down or a picture of Jesus or a picture of the Pope is not very conductive to their religion.”
The piece goes on to note that no Muslims to date have joined in the complaint and that in fact, many attending the university are complimentary of the school.
Again, in the past, this would be easily dismissed as complete crap. Today, a lawsuit like this is likely to find favor.
It’d be interesting to see what the White House’s take is on this.