The Muslim students say they’re victims of harassment and discrimination. But university officials say they’re already getting preferential treatment, and that gestures of good faith have been rejected. Does any of this sound familiar? The Islamic supremacist agenda is encapsulated in the ancient dictum that “Islam must dominate, and not be dominated.” There is no sect or school of Islamic jurisprudence that teaches that Muslims, “the best of people” (Qur’an 3:110), must live peacefully as equals with unbelievers, “the most vile of created beings” (Qur’an 98:6). Rather, unbelievers must be subjugated under the rule of Islamic law and “feel themselves subdued” (Qur’an 9:29). With that as their moral and religious backdrop, how can these Muslims students accept multifaith prayer rooms? The very idea is repugnant. They must instead do exactly what they’re doing in this article: demand special treatment — and they claim victim status because they know that’s an effective avenue to that special treatment in today’s Western societies.
“Students at RMIT University in Melbourne protest over lack of Muslim prayer rooms,” from AAP, March 22 (thanks to all who sent this in):
MELBOURNE Muslim university students will protest tomorrow, saying they are being sexually harassed and discriminated against due to a lack of prayer rooms.
But RMIT University management deny this, insisting Muslim students are well catered for.
The RMIT Islamic Society want Muslim-only prayer rooms on the university’s city campus.
In late 2007, construction work on the building that contained a dedicated Muslim prayer room meant the facility was demolished.
The Islamic society said the university reneged on its promise to replace that with another room.
“As a result, students and staff have been forced to pray outside in the heat of summer and the cold of winter,” the society’s website said.
It alleged females have been subjected to sexual abuse, harassment and religious vilification while praying.
They are now forced to pray two at a time in cramped women’s rooms, corridors and empty classrooms.
The society said “enough is enough”, insisting it was sick of being given the run around and would hold a mass protest at the university on Monday afternoon.
“No longer can we remain quiet and have students compromise between their safety and prayers, RMIT made a promise, it must fulfil it,” the website said.
But the university described the action as “unfortunate and unnecessary”.
There are already eight Muslim prayer rooms across the university’s three campuses, Dr Maddy McMaster, Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) said.
“The university’s policy is that prayer rooms in its spiritual centre are multi-faith, open to bookings by members of all faiths,” she said.
Muslims get preferential access to two of those rooms.
“With space at a premium on our city campus, we have bent over backwards to find an amicable solution,” she said.
Gestures of good faith have been rejected, she insisted.
“Multi-faith spaces are commonly accepted as supporting a range of religious practices, including those of the Muslim faith.
“It is disappointing that the RMIT Islamic Society chooses to reject established multi-faith principles,” she said….
Disappointing, perhaps, but not in the least surprising.