Why go to a Roman Catholic school if you are a Muslim? To whine about Christmas, apparently. (And next year, Easter.) As is the pattern nationwide, students at the Jesuit Loyola University feel slighted because the school is focusing too much on the Christian holiday of Christmas, and not on the Islamic holidays, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.
The Loyola Phoenix, published the article, “Religious Holidays Aren’t Represented Equally on Campus,” in which the Chicago student, Sajedah Al-khzaleh, bemoans the focus of the Jesuit school on Roman Catholic traditions.
Newsflash to Al-khzaleh– Roman Catholic schools teach Roman Catholic doctrine, holidays, and history. Celebrating the Islamic holidays of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha is not part of Roman Catholicism. However, because the university is inclusive, it allows students to celebrate whatever holiday they so choose (or don’t).
Al-khzaleh argument is based on a false equivalence:
Although Loyola fosters a space for non-Christian religions to practice their faith — such as in the Damen Student Center’s second floor of Ministry Offices for Muslim, Hindu and Jewish students — there is a lack of public festivity compared to Christmas, such as decorations and activities of other religions’ holidays the entire student body could be part of.
What Al-khzaleh failed to mention is that Eid is a dinner that is held once. It’s not a season comparable to Christmas. People pray at home or at a mosque and gather together at a feast depending on where they live.
Loyola isn’t preventing any student from hosting a meal with their friends or from praying at home. The university is inclusive in that it allows students of all faiths to attend, regardless if they are Roman Catholic or not. No one is being forced to celebrate Christmas. No Muslim is being forced to believe in Baby Jesus. (Although their version of Jesus’ birth is quite different from the Christian one.)
The university is one of the largest Jesuit schools in America. Its total enrollment is 16,673, of which 60 percent of its students identify as Catholic. The roughly 800 Muslim students complain they “aren’t getting equal representation.” But, equal representation for what? What is equal about 10,000 vs. 800?
The purpose of complaining and whining about feeling mistreated or unfairly prioritized is an obvious method of lawfare that Islamists impose in western countries to varying degrees. It is not based on equality. It is based on compliance to end the west.
Who can forget when a professor from George Washington University Law School filed a 60-page complaint against the Catholic University of America, stating that its displays of the crucifixes and Christian images (like the cross) are a “human rights violations” against Muslim students?
The professor claimed that the university acted “probably with malice,” citing “offensive” Catholic imagery throughout the Catholic school that “hindered Muslims from praying.” He even objected to the fact that Muslim students don’t have a mosque to pray in; but they have to deal with “the cathedral that looms over the entire campus – the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.”
Unfortunately Roman Catholic schools are caving to pressure and have begun removing statues of Mary and Jesus and Catholic teachings from curriculum.
One of many examples recently occurred in California. The school board of directors at the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael removed its statues and took other anti-Catholic measures despite objections made by the head of school, Shannon Fitzpatrick, students, and their parents. Why did they do it? To “make the school more inclusive.” Fitzpatrick explained:
In our time here, the word ‘Catholic’ has been removed from the mission statement, sacraments were removed from the curriculum, the lower school curriculum was changed to world religions, the logo and colors were changed to be ‘less Catholic,’ and the uniform was changed to be less Catholic. Articulating an inclusive foundation appears to mean letting go of San Domenico’s 167-year tradition as a Dominican Catholic school and being both afraid and ashamed to celebrate one’s heritage and beliefs.
The board’s actions are incredulous– and raise the question why have a Roman Catholic school at all? Well, that is ultimately the goal. Lawfare has two options: compliance or death.