Sunday, April 29, 2007

Storm Track Infiltration: Minnesota Caves to the Islamists – Places of Worship Approved in Public Places

Just what the heck is going on in Minnesota? Have they lost all sense of the law? The multicultural insanity has thoroughly infiltrated that State and now provides places of worship in their pubic schools and their International Airport.

What ever happened to the prohibition of places of worship on public property? What ever happened to the clause in the Constitution that prevents the government from approving or supporting any particular religion? You couldn’t tell by Minnesota’s recent dhimmi behavior.

First it’s the International Airport.

The Kansas City International Airport has added several foot-washing basins in restrooms to accommodate a growing number of Muslim taxicab drivers who requested the facilities to prepare for daily Islamic prayer, WND has learned.

“Why are we constructing places of worship for them inside our airports?” said an airport official who requested anonymity. “Why are we catering to their rituals? We don’t do it for any other religion.”

Other major airports also are dealing with increased demands from Muslim cabdrivers. For instance, cabbies at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport recently caused a stir when they refused to carry passengers possessing alcoholic beverages or accompanied by seeing-eye dogs. Alcohol is forbidden in Islam, and dogs are considered unclean.

Then it was the Minneapolis Community and Technical College. From "The Big Story With John Gibson."

JOHN GIBSON, HOST: The big issue, separation of church and state in America's state schools, of course, but there isn't going to be a separation of mosque and state at one public college in Minnesota. The school is going to install a special sink or several for Muslims to wash their feet, and taxpayers are going to have to foot the bill.

DOUGLAS KENNEDY, BIG STORY CORRESPONDENT: Yeah John this sink is for a pre-prayer wash and the school says it's to keep their students safe. Critics are calling it a double standard.

KENNEDY: Minneapolis Community and Technical College is a state-run university. Last year, it banned a campus coffee cart from playing Christmas carols. Katherine Kersten is a columnist for the "Minneapolis Star Tribune."

KERSTEN: Although Christianity is barred in public places during the holiday season, the college is actually going to be using taxpayer funds in order to construct daily prayer preparation facilities for Muslim students.

But this is only the first step in the local Islamist plans.

MCTC is apparently the first public institution in Minnesota to enter this unfamiliar territory. Where is it looking for guidance? Dianna Cusick, MCTC’s director of legal affairs, is overseeing the project. She referred me to the Muslim Accommodations Task Force, whose website she is using as a primary resource ( “They’ve done all the research,” she said. On the site, I found information about the handful of public colleges that have “wudu,” or ritual bathing, facilities.

But I also discovered something more important for colleges seeking guidance on “accommodations”: Projects like MCTC’s are likely to be the first step in a long process.

The task force’s eventual objectives on American campuses include the following, according to the website: permanent Muslim prayer spaces, ritual washing facilities, separate food and housing for Muslim students, separate hours at athletic facilities for Muslim women, paid imams or religious counselors, and campus observance of Muslim holidays. The task force is already hailing “pioneering” successes. At Syracuse University in New York, for example, “Eid al Fitr is now an official university holiday,” says an article featured on the website. “The entire university campus shuts down to mark the end of Ramadan.” At Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Mich., “halal” food — ritually slaughtered and permissible under Islamic law — is marked by green stickers in the cafeteria and “staff are well-trained in handling practices.”

At Georgetown University, Muslim women can live apart in housing that enables them to “sleep in an Islamic setting,” as the website puts it. According to a student at the time the policy was adopted, the university housing office initially opposed the idea, on grounds that all freshman should have the experience of “living in dorms and dealing with different kinds of people.” That might sound appealing, Muslim students told a reporter in an article featured on the website. But in their view, the reporter wrote, “learning to live with ‘different kinds of people’ ” actually “causes more harm than good” for Muslims, because it requires them to live in an environment that “distracts them from their desire to become better Muslims, and even draw[s] weaker Muslims away from Islam.”

Just a bunch of overenthusiastic Muslim students – or something more insidious?

Its professional staff, based in the Washington, D.C., area, includes coordinators who provide legal advice, teach students to lobby, write letters on their behalf, and help them overcome “obstacles” such as college administrators’ concerns about violating the separation of church and state. The Muslim Accommodations Task Force is a project of the Muslim Student Association of the U.S. and Canada. MSA’s mission is to enable Muslims here “to practice Islam as a complete way of life,” and its “main goal” is “spreading Islam,” according to its website. The association calls itself the “landmark Muslim organization in North America,” and says it has chapters on 600 campuses.

So, where can all this lead? Look at our neighbors to the North.

Canada, our neighbor to the north, is farther down the “accommodations” road. A glance north can shed light on whether prayer spaces and ritual washing facilities are likely to satisfy activists for long.

Last month, the Canadian Federation of Students issued a report, titled “Final Report of the Task Force on Needs of Muslim Students,” that calls for sweeping changes at the country’s institutions of higher education. The federation represents more than 500,000 students across Canada, about half of the nation’s total. While the report focuses on Ontario, its conclusions are applicable across the country and internationally, said Jesse Greener, the Federation’s Ontario chairperson.

Some recommended changes could affect all students. For example, the report criticizes Canada’s loan-based system of financing higher education and calls for outright grants to students. “Education related government loans should not accumulate interest,” it says, since Islam “opposes usury and involvement with interest-bearing loans.” Other changes would be more focused. The report endorses “women-only” time at athletic facilities, and urges colleges to “provide curtains or screens over the observation windows” when women are using the pool.

The report calls not just for Muslim-only prayer space but for “multiple prayer spaces” with “easy access” from all over campus. All new building plans should include prayer space and ritual washing facilities if necessary, it adds. Food service workers must learn to prepare halal food, which is ritually slaughtered and otherwise permissible under Sharia law. After preparing non-halal food, staff must “change sanitary gloves and wash cutlery and surfaces” to avoid contaminating halal food.

What if a campus fails to make these changes, and others like them? It is guilty, says the report, of “Islamophobia” — an “emerging form of racism,” according to the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Got that? Try and protect your society from and an alien culture bent on having Islam rule the world and you are a racist. A perpetuator of a hate crime. A criminal.

Islamophobia includes more than clearly inappropriate behavior such as violence against Muslims or unreasonable suspicion of them. It can be as “subtle” as a remark that includes a “stereotype” or betrays the speaker’s “lack of understanding” of Islam (such as the notion that Sharia law treats women as second class citizens). Just “one comment” of this kind can create a “poisoned” learning environment for Muslim students, the report says.

Soon, the Islamists will have their own little police force to make sure the dhimmis stay in line.

“Islamophobic” comments will soon land Canadians in serious trouble, if the federation has its way. The report outlines a comprehensive system “to encourage and facilitate a culture of reporting Islamophobia on campus. Anti-discrimination officers should be notified whenever such a comment is made, it says.

Can you say 1984?

But the report makes clear that systems like this will not eradicate Islamophobia from Canadian campuses. To remove stereotypes, faculty, staff, students and administrators must all learn “the tenets of Islam,” it said. “Education modules” for professors should incorporate a focus on “Islam and Islamophobia,” while student activities could range from more courses on themes of the Qur’an and the Islamic world today to “socials, programs and other initiatives” to teach about Islam. Everyone on campus should learn to recognize his or her “collective responsibility to identify and stop Islamophobia.”

Throughout this process, however, Islam must not be taught from a “Western perspective.” This qualifies as Islamophobia, because it “misrepresents Islam.” At the same time, the report says, some Muslim students have called for integrating “Islamic perspectives” in disciplines such as marketing, nursing and finance,” since Islam’s view of these differs from those of the West.

The absolute arrogance of them! It’s us that are misguided!

And where’s the ACLU in all this? Where’s their outrage that public facilitates are being used to advance a religion? Hiding under their burkas, probably.

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  • Excellent post... truly frightening.

    I'd love to see a side-by-side analysis of the Islamists' self-professed aims, strategies and tactics - that they discuss amongst themselves - as contrasted to the actuality of what they are accomplishing.

    Keep up the exceptional work... TGS is becoming one of my daily must-reads.

    By Blogger JonQuixote, at 1:01 PM  

  • I think you misunderstand the situation in Canada. Unlike in the United States, we do not have a policy of strict secularism in our public schools or universities. Many of our public universities were founded by Christian groups. In particular, there are colleges and universities with Catholic, United Church of Canada, Anglican, Lutheran and Presbyterian roots that I can think of in our biggest province, Ontario. Many secular instutitions still have a chapel or place of worship on campus.

    Many of our cafeterias already served kosher food alongside regular food. Some campuses have "multi-faith prayer spaces" which different religious groups book during different times of the week. On Sundays, there are Christian coffeehouses there while on Fridays Muslims gather for midday prayer. Muslims pray five times a day though so for campuses that do not have these facilities - it affects them more profoundly.

    I don't agree with what you mentioned in Minnesota about how on a campus you could not play Christmas carols but you could have Muslim prayers. That's not what is going on in Canada. We believe in pluralism, not secularism, that is each person should be free to practice their religion and if it is not bothering anyone else, institutions should support them. Muslim students pay tuition fees too, and while most campuses support the ongoing work of a chapel, not enough of them reflect the religious diversity of their attendees. I have no problem with creating multi-faith prayer space, or having halal food for sale.

    Muslims are not going away in Canada or America any time soon. Better to have them in public universities, and let them get educated!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:23 PM  

  • Anonymous,

    You made some good points. I congratulate you on a reasoned and defensible argument to my opinions. That's how we all learn.


    By Blogger WC, at 8:38 PM  

  • One minor correction. The Metropolitan Airports Commission (which governs the Minneapolis St Paul Airport) recently ruled that Muslim cabbies who require to provide service to people carrying alcohol or have service dogs or run the risk of losing their licenses.

    The MCTC issue is still fluid as a lot of Minnesotans are banding together against this obvious breach of the lefts beloved separation of church and state.

    LL (who lives in the Minneapolis area)

    By Blogger The Lady Logician, at 5:13 AM  

  • WC

    Our nation went through a period of strife in the 1960's to do away with Jim Crow. There is something wrong with the creation of segregated bathrooms and housing.

    If Muslims can't deal with this let them build their own Universities.

    Sharia is just as odious as Jim Crow. Is Jim Crow acceptable to the left because it deems Muslims atop the Marcuse victims rights list.

    Down with Jim Crow

    By Blogger beakerkin, at 6:13 AM  

  • Anonymous said...

    Muslims are not going away in Canada or America any time soon. Better to have them in public universities, and let them get educated!

    Educated on what? How to usurp our laws to instill Sharia law?

    By Blogger Richard, at 6:39 AM  

  • One tires of finding new ways of saying "how insolent is this?" or "how stupid is this?".

    What are you planning to do about it?

    By Blogger joe, at 8:08 PM  

  • Joe

    All I can do is educate us about the threat in hopes that others will act accordingly in their location areas and their areas of expetise.

    By Blogger WC, at 11:34 AM  

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