What? You came in broken and stupid. Say again after reaffirming that you CHOSE to attend a private Catholic University and now want your Muslim rights upheld by forcing the school to remove Jesus Christ, the Pope, and/or other Catholic images from the classrooms and/or create a special room for you to pray. AND… You want to complain about the National Basilica which rises above the university grounds and looks down upon you with all of its “Catholic-ness”!!!
My fellow citizens… When will you stand-up and say enough is enough? In our continuous search for ABSOLUTE equality in everything we steal away our individual rights. Or GIVE AWAY!
Every time we look upon someone and decide his or her rights are being usurped, we need to think about how the other person’s rights also might be usurped. When an individual researches universities, it is his or her responsibility to understand that institution before saying yes and attending. If he or she has any questions, then email the school. Ask questions. Visit!
Let us read the Catholic University mission statement [my notes in brackets]:
As the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States, founded [125 years ago] and sponsored by the bishops of the country with the approval of the Holy See [the POPE!]. The Catholic University of America is committed to being a comprehensive Catholic and American institution of higher learning, faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ as handed on by the Church [the Church - capitalized to denote its role as the body of Christ]. Dedicated to advancing the dialogue between faith and reason, The Catholic University of America seeks to discover and impart the truth through excellence in teaching and research, all in service to the Church, the nation and the world. [note - the Church is FIRST]
If one looks at the website for CUA, one finds images of the school, and they are replete with priests, nuns, and buildings that are nothing if not CATHOLIC in nature. This includes images of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception which “looms” over the entire campus. Even the name of the Basilica denotes its purely Catholic nature – the Catholic belief that Mary, the Mother of the Son of God, was born without sin – thus conceived immaculately, cleanly, divinely by God in HER MOTHER’S womb for her future role as the MOTHER OF GOD.
Let me be clear…this is a purposeful endeavor by the lawyer involved and the students who approached him. They engage in battle to take down an honorable institution. It would be the same if the opposite were true… If Catholics or Christians or Jews went to a Muslim University willingly…made the CHOICE out of all other choices…and THEN, they complained because there were Koran everywhere, or Muslim images everywhere and a complete lack of Catholic, Christian, or Jewish symbols…those individuals would be just as wrong. The Muslim students at the PRIVATE MUSLIM UNIVERSITY have rights as well. Rights to receive what they are paying to receive…an education surrounded by the teachings, images, and purpose of the Muslim faith.
You may think this has nothing to do with you. You may not care about Catholics or Muslims or any faith, but this is yet another example of our government usurping our private rights to decide and act without harming others. I know some will argue that the students at CUA receive federal monies and support for their attendance, and, therefore, the school must abide by some perceived equality responsibility. But, where does that responsibility begin and end? The university has made clear in its mission statement and other materials what it’s role is in the lives of its students and its responsibility to the world. These Muslim students chose to disdain that and attend only as a means to destroy. According to UNESCO, the USA has 5,758 universities and colleges. These students chose The Catholic University of America for one reason — to wage war on an opposing religion.
Who will wage war on your rights? Do you see where it is happening today already? Is your home safe from the hand of government? Is your right to get a tan if you choose? Drink a beer? Raise your children with your beliefs of what is right and wrong? How many of your rights will be removed, attacked, trounced upon before you realize that what you think is a “fairness” issue for one is a violation of fairness for another?
Stop. Think. Breath. It is not the government’s job to protect us from ourselves. In this case, these students chose a place to study from all the others. If they chose poorly, they should move on to some university that will provide what they need — rather than try to force change upon the university THEY CHOSE. Otherwise, they wage war on the CUA, and it is incumbent on all of us to defend the CUA as an extension of defending ourselves and our personal rights!
Thank you to Todd Starnes for highlighting this story.