Does the Crucifix ‘Provoke’ Muslims?


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For a religion that is perpetually “misunderstood,” the consistency of Islam is remarkable. Consider how ostensibly diverse issues—complaints of “human rights” abuses at an American university and murder in an Egyptian classroom—are interconnected.

First, the American story.  According to Fox News:

The Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights confirmed that it is investigating allegations that Catholic University of America [CUA] violated the human rights of Muslim students by not allowing them to form a Muslim student group and by not providing them rooms without Christian symbols for their daily prayers.  The investigation alleges that Muslim students “must perform their prayers surrounded by symbols of Catholicism – e.g., a wooden crucifix, paintings of Jesus, pictures of priests and theologians which many Muslim students find inappropriate.”

Behind the complaint is John F. Banzhaf III, a George Washington University professor whose website boasts that his “enemies” call him a “Legal-Terrorist” and “the Osama bin Laden of Torts.”  He asserts that Muslim students are “particularly offended” because they have to “meditate” at the school’s chapels and cathedral, where they pray while “having to stare up and be looked down upon by a cross of Jesus.”

Of course, as a private Christian institution, even Banzhaf admits “that it is technically not illegal for Catholic University to refuse to provide rooms devoid of religious icons.”  Still, according to this so-called “Legal-Terrorist,” that CUA refuses to compromise its Catholic image “suggests they are acting improperly and probably with malice.”

The reader is left to decide who really is acting “with malice”: a private institution operating under private—in this case, Christian—principles, or reportedly “offended” Muslims who are free to attend non-Christian institutions?

Banzhaf further tried to denigrate CUA by boasting of how neighboring Georgetown University, a nominally “Christian” university, “provides its Muslim students with a separate prayer room and even a Muslim chaplain”—as if it is not well known that Georgetown’s Arab and Islam departments receive much largesse by way of donations from the radical Wahhabis of Saudi Arabia (who, incidentally, refuse to permit churches on Saudi ground).

As Newt Gingrich observed regarding this affair: “Are you [Muslims] prepared to sponsor a Christian missionary in Mecca? Because if you’re not prepared to sponsor religious liberty in Saudi Arabia, don’t come and nag us with some hypocritical baloney.”

Notable, too, why Muslim students are seeking to create Islamic havens (or enclaves) in universities: as one of them put it, “Arab [code for “Muslim”] and American students have a difficult time befriending each other because people naturally gravitate towards others with similar backgrounds and interests.”  In fact, this is a product of Islam’s own doctrine of wala’ wa bara’, which commands Muslims to be loyal to one another, while completely disassociating themselves from non-Muslims.

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  • Stephen_Brady

    You've got to love Newt Gingrich for his courage, even if you're not too sanguine about some of his policies. There are places on this earth where Mr. Newt would be killed for saying what he did, which I found right on-target.

    Of course, the crucifix offends Muslims. It tells them that they are wrong about Jesus, whenever they see it. It tells them that their "religiion" is … shockingly enough … not acceptable to everyone, and never will be.

  • http://apollospaeks.blogtownhall.com/ ApolloSpeaks

    JIHADISTS AND VAMPIRES

    What do Islamic jihadists and vampires have in common? Their bloodlust and violent fear of the Cross.

  • CharlesWhite

    Islam is the "Anti-Christ" religion, really! look at Christ message and then look at Mohammed’s, Jesus speaks words of truth and life, Mohammed demands worship or death, no Muslim can do everything Mohammed says you must do to go to Paradise with the one exception which gets you in no matter what you have done or doing and that is to Murder a Kafar, a Infidel (non-Muslim) BAM you do that and virgin's await your arrival. Jesus said No Works can get you in and Faith alone in your savior, there is no Murdering, hating a non-Christian its Ying-Yang, total opposites of each other, one Authorizes Murder, Rape (even of nine year old children) and Hatred the other speaks being truthful and loving. An all powerful God needs no mans help or forced worship but an All powerful God would except a honest, loving and willing.

    • DPD

      No one has ever mentioned what Muslim women get when they go to heaven. Or are they even allowed in heaven? Hmmm.

      • Joseph

        They get their freedom from being groped and abused by their muslim husbands and relatives.

        • intrcptr2

          Don't count on it.

          Where do you think all those virgins come from?

      • Gwawr

        The women are pretty much confined to hell. According to that "prophet", he had visited hell and it was mostly inhabited by women.

      • Jye

        According to Islam most of Hell is made up of women, so I guess that's where they go.

    • Soylent Green

      I agree! Islam is a Satanic counterfeit of Christianity. Of course, no one will say so out loud for fear of 'offending' Muslims. But the continuing slaughter of Christians seems to offend no one.

    • Robert

      How true you are. FYI try reading The Islamic Anti-Christ, it speaks in detail about what you just said.

  • kafir4life

    What offends muslims is of no concern to me. As I'm sure that their offending me is of no concern to them. Never hire a muslim. It's simple. Never shop at their stores. Even easier. Avoid stores that hire muslims. A snap. With the added pleasure of informing the owner or management. If you meet them on the street, offer them pork rinds as a yummy snack. If you're female, walk past their musks in a bikini (have protection with you, the sight of so much as a female elbow is enough to cause muslim men to rape). Either gender can sing the Shema loudly in front of their musks.

    allahu snackbar!!

    • MikeWood

      I agree, and there are all sorts of small scale nuisances you can cause them: bump into their ankles with your shopping trolley (pretend to be looking the wrong way); walk towards them so they have to take avoiding action; when you sneeze, direct it at a muzz if there's one nearby; let doors swing back in their faces; if you have a muzz walking across your path, slow down or speed up so that you meet and they have to avoid you; the list is endless, be imaginative, have fun.

      • Danny

        I'd love to be there when you slam into some Muslim women wearing a headscarf at the supermarket and she turns around and is about to punch you in the face when you take off like a scared rabbit, terrified for your life.

        A beautiful site indeed.

  • PatriotX

    Do crosses offend Muslims? I used to care.

  • oldtimer

    Heb.2:14 Foreasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himsel took part of the same: that through death (on the cross) He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.
    Those who fear the cross are of the devil.

  • effemall

    Sadly, it is going to take the counterparts of the Muslims in our camp to deal with them in a realistic manner. It will be the Terry Joneses and the KKK and the various American militias who are an embarrassment to us civilized and politically correct folks to deal with Islam as it needs to be dealt with in our land and in the rest of the world.

    • Rifleman

      Don't want 'em, don't need 'em, won't have anything to do with them. We ran them out of town, we can certainly do the same with muslim evil. Muslim evil won't stand any more of a chance than they did when good has enough, and resolves to fight back.

  • Anti-muslim

    We, in the west, should do it like the egyptians! Muslims demand the removal of crosses on a christian university? Let's beat them to death!

  • BS77

    England, Norway, France and the US have followed the delusional PC multicult diversity mandate…..and now, like those who admitted the Trojan Horse into their gates, moan in regret. Stand for your liberty, rights, freedoms and traditions…..

  • Stephen_Brady

    Another way of stating the answer to the question posed in the article's title:

    Is there air?

  • tagalog

    Are the Muslim students protesting that the school closes down for the Christmas holiday?

    • intrcptr2

      It was Halloween.

      Wait a few moonths…

  • kafirman

    America needs a political leader who is an adult. Presently not one nationally elected US politician is openly questioning the wisdom of granting 501(c)3 tax-exempt status to Islam, an organization which sanctions sexual slavery (Koran 4:3) and political apartheid (Koran 9:29).

    • http://www.imataxpayertoo.wordpress.com kathy

      Not to even mention the other illegal acts committed in their name…let's see if I can name them all…rape and abuse of women and underage girls would top the list….oh did you say that already? Then there's "murder" that is also condoned like what happened to the Christian student in Egypt. I'm sure if I study harder I can find more.

      • Beth

        Here are some Kathy – provided with the facts of where they come from….

        Preached in the koran:

        047.004 – Beheadings
        033.052 – Gang Rape of female 'infidels'
        005.041 – Racism against Jews
        005.033 – Crucifixions (which is probably the worst way to die)
        008.067 – Treason
        033.061 – Genocide "without mercy"

        U.S. laws (and supposedly international laws) condemn incitement to carry out violence. What we need are leaders who will enforce the laws.

        These facts are on a level that even a child can understand and they're horrific!. So there is definately something wrong with the leaders.

  • alexander

    muslim's arrogance and demands offend 99% of Americans, but NOBODY gives a damn about that.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    All in all it is a simple modus for Americans, alienate all Muslims, they are anathema
    to our lives and will only cause increasing grief by their presence in America.
    Reject them in totality as they are colonizers and here to subvert and conquer
    while using our laws against us. The focus of our outrage at their presence
    should be identifying those who sought and brought them to our lands, those
    persons should be sent packing permanently along with the Islamist curse.
    William

    • curmudgeon

      what you advocate is silly. there is nothing to gain by petty insults or inconveniences directed at muslims. what we should is be polite to them, and send them to a country they dont hate. or we could kill them, just as they plan to do to us, as they are required to do by their holy book. there is no point in petty insults.

  • jmz

    islam should be destroyed. the more we try and understand and reason with this pile of filthy sub human dog rapers the more we loose and the stronger they get. its time to take up arms and slaughter worshipers of mohammed where THEY lie..destroy THEIR temples kill all their followers. muhammed is a peice if crap. the islmaic profit likes sex with camels! islam needs to die

    • randy

      Christianity is a piece of crap with the slaughter and abuse of the native americans by chistians and catholics as thier land was being stolen. The ones that survived were rounded up like animals and put on tiny pieces of land.

      • Beth

        that's a crock randy. There are no New Testament Scriptures that teach humans to be violent with each other. Not One. Quite the contrary is found. You're full of b.s. randy. Actually – you're a liar – and The New Testament is online for all to see for themselves.

  • Fred Dawes

    Evil hates Good and the muslim must remove the Crucifix.

  • Ronald W. Carnine

    If Muslims are in America they must play by American rules. Our "freedom of religion" might be offensive to them but that is the way it is. They do not have the right to go to a Catholic university and demand they stop being Catholic. How much of this is "them" and how much is one professor causing trouble, but he is wrong. I'm sure there is a place where they can pray w/o Christian symbols. Why can't they pray in their rooms which I'm sure don't have any Catholic symbols in them. In will be interesting to see who is actually stirring up trouble, the students or the teacher.

  • voted against carter

    ' TAQIYYA '
    Do your own research about it if you don't know what this means.

    islam IS EVIL. PERIOD.

    islam strives for world domination.

    The quran commands muslims to exercise jihad.

    The quern commands muslims to establish shariah law.

    The quern commands muslims to impose islam on the entire world.

    islam is NOT a religion, it IS a totalitarian ideology.

    islam IS and has remained a death cult from its beginnings.

    islam wants to dominate all aspects of life, from the cradle to the grave.

    shariah law is a law that controls every detail of life in a islamic society.

    From civic- and family law to criminal law.

    It determines how one should eat, dress and even use the toilet.

    Oppression of women is good, drinking alcohol is bad.

    The core of the quran is the call to jihad.

    Jihad means a lot of things and is arabic for battle.

    islam means submission, there cannot be any mistake about its goal.

    islam and freedom, islam and democracy are not compatible.

    They are opposite values.

    mohamed's "wife" was six years old.

    That makes mohamed a PEDOPHILE!!!

    And you want to base a "Religion" on this a z z -holes rantings?

    Are you INSANE?

    I STAND with Israel

  • FriendofGaryCooper

    After the Mahdi tells Sir Charles "Chinese" Gordon, "Gordon Pasha, you will die by my religion." Gordon replied, "Mahdi, if I die by your religion, you will surely die by mine."
    (In the 1966 movie "Khartoum.") Gordon was killed in the fighting for control of Khartoum. The Mahdi died "under mysterious circumstances" three months later.
    Gordon was a great Christian hero; the Mahdi was a fraud and a coward. And Islam is a wretched political system masquerading as a religion. Long live Israel.

  • Justamom

    Muslims are not only offended by the Cross, the Star of David, statues of Buddha, symbols of Hinduism, they are also offended by any expression of Islam that is different from their own. The live to be offended because being offended in Islam means you have permission to kill someone and take their property. It was the hallmark and practice of Mohammed.

  • randy

    “kill someone and take thier property” sounds like when the christians stole north america from Native Americans

    • Beth

      Christian Law:

      Rom 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (Beyond this – there are no more laws in Christianity)

      You can blame whoever you like randy – but you can not blame Christianity without being found a liar.

    • curmudgeon

      the taking of america is a historical wrong. if you as an innocent beneficiary of that theft would like to be enslaved by islam, and then have your descendants murdered by the followers of an evil god and a criminal prophet, just keep yapping your silly mouth about historical wrongs when current wrongs are being comitted against you. you will not be spared by the sword of islam just because you enabled them to subjugate you. islam hates cowardly traitors as much as it hates infidels.

    • beastdog

      Randy you are a moron and a useless idiot slave of the left, lets get that out of the way. Randy you must be public school educated because your ignorance on display for all to see, what did your liberal public school teach you that the white man stole all the Native American lands and that before the "white man" showed up the Indians all lived in harmony, smoked peace pipes together, and banged peace drums all day long?? If that is what they teaching in school today than it is no wonder kids today are graduating (that is even if they do graduate) barely able to read their worthless diplomas. Randy here is a clue for you, the "native Americans" were very war like and very opportunistic, for example the tribe that helped the Pilgrims agreed to help them only after the Pilgrims agreed to help the them deal with and attack a neighboring tribe. The native Americans did not turn down any technology including weapons offered but the "white man" and would change loyalties to highest bidder. But that is a little bit of information your liberal indoctrination camp or better know as the American public school system will not teach you.

      • Pobox

        @ beast dog
        excellent point you made there.

        There's a world of difference between jesus and mohammed. mohammed killed and masaccared innocent people, he raped women and enslaved their children. this is the example that he left for his followers, so its no wonder you see violence in muslims where ever they go. Now contrast that with the message of love from Jesus. Jesus preached nothing but love, peace, and tolernace for all and even said to forgive your enemies. while mohammed has been qouted to have said. "I was made victorious by terror". Do you actually think its the same Randy? you scum bag useless idiot. wake up !

  • Disgusted

    Obama has done more for the advancement of Islam in the US than any other president. I think he's a closet muslim that is trying to take the country down.

  • PAthena

    On the basis of Mohammedanism: Mohammedans claim that what Mohammed said had been revealed to him by the angel Gibreel, and the Koran itself, are true – because Mohammed said so. And the moon is made of green cheese – proof? I say so!

  • Yathrib B'Karov

    Question for the Muslim: Did your prophet's evil words and deeds commence after the episode of the Satanic Verses, or was he always a wretch?

  • gonnabee

    Does everyone understand that our reflecting pool at ground zero N.Y.C. looks like a pool of despair? As the "peaceful" muslims look down on it from their fourteen floor tower of conquest!!??