Where Christianity is concerned, the college goes to great lengths toOh, how so, St. Katie?
avoid any hint of what the courts call "entanglement" or support of the
church. Yet the college is planning to install facilities for Muslims
to use in preparing for daily prayers, an apparent first at a public
institution in Minnesota.
Do you feel St. Katie's pain, boys and girls? Neither does Spot. And 500 Muslim students? Shocking! Where do we live? Minneapolis, or Baghdad? Or maybe Mogadishu? Perhaps there are so many Muslims at the school because they can't afford to go to, say, St. Thomas or St. John's and go to chapel every day with the Christian kids!
Last year, college authorities caught one rule-breaker [the rule of shunning Christmas] red-handed. A coffee cart that sells drinks and snacks played holiday music "tied to Christmas," and "complaints and concerns" were raised, according to a
faculty e-mail. College authorities quickly quashed the practice.
They appear to take a very different attitude toward Islam. Welcome and
accommodation are the order of the day for the college's more than 500
Muslim students. The college has worked with local Muslim leaders to
ensure that these students' prayer needs and concerns are adequately
addressed, Davis told me.
St. Katie tells us that Muslim prayer is "increasing controversial":
Muslim prayer is an increasingly controversial issue. Many MuslimThis is clearly a subversive and dangerous religious practice! But rather than trying to stamp out Islam, the college apparently wants to provide some accommodation. Tut, tut, says St. Katie: this will never do!
students use restroom sinks to wash their feet before prayer. Other
students have complained, and one Muslim student fell and injured
herself while lifting her foot out of a sink.
Boys and girls, Spot actually shares St. Katie's concern about building religious facilities in a public school. But St. Katie's perspective is distorted, as usual. She isn't concerned about dragging religion into the public square; she's just miffed because the religion being dragged isn't Christianity! If the college had decided to install confessionals, three lines no waiting, do you think Katie would have a problem? Of course not.
The thinking behind today's lamentation is a thread in St. Katie's, er, writing. Whether it is affirmative action, Muslim cabbies, or gay marriage, there isn't a vulnerable minority that St. Katie won't pick on. The breadth of her white whine is breathtaking.
St. Katie is like the mother who, in order to prevent squabbling among her kids as to who got the biggest piece of cake, takes the demonstrably biggest piece for herself.