Outrageous: DC’s Human Rights Office Investigating CUA After Anti-Catholic Prof. Claims Muslim “Human Rights” Violated

You can’t make this up — a liberal anti-Catholic professor complaining that a Catholic educational institution features Catholic symbols of faith — and our government duly investigating the frivolous complaint:

The Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights confirmed that it is investigating allegations that Catholic University 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.” [Todd Starnes at FoxNews]

So where did this complaint actually come from? Muslim students? It appears not:

A spokesperson for the Office of Human Rights told Fox News they had received a 60-page complaint against the private university.

The complaint was filed by John Banzhaf, an attorney and professor at George Washington University Law School. Banzhaf has been involved in previous litigation against the school involving the same-sex residence halls. He also alleged in his complaint involving Muslim students that women at the university were being discriminated against.

So clearly this gentleman has seriously got it in for CUA. Even more outrageous:

Banzhaf said some Muslim students were particularly offended because they had to meditate in the school’s chapels “and at the cathedral that looms over the entire campus – the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.”

A Catholic university with a Catholic church. The Audacity! (/sarcasm).

Can you imagine a law professor helping Catholic students to sue a Jewish or Muslim school to demand that the schools install crosses, remove their religious symbols, and allow the Catholics to construct a chapel on their property? Can you imagine the argument being that Jewish and Muslims schools using their religious symbols and following their faith traditions would be described in the legal brief as “offensive”?!

Normally I would have confidence that this lawsuit will be deemed without merit, but the way things are going these days, I just can’t be sure anymore. Simply incredible.

UPDATE — Many of you are asking how to contact the D.C. Office of Human Rights. And wouldn’t you know it – their website “How to reach us” page does not work. Their phone number, however, is 202-727-4559.

Also, to express support for CUA, here is their online contact page. I would say it’s concerning “Public Affairs” and leave the “School or Department” section blank.

UPDATE 2 – CUA has released a statement noting the complaint did not actually come from muslim students who attend CUA:

“Catholic University’s faithfulness to our Catholic tradition has also made us a welcome home to students of other religions.  No students have registered complaints about the exercise of their religions on our campus. We understand that a professor unaffiliated with Catholic University has made public allegations claiming that we are discriminating against our students on religious grounds, but we have not seen any legal filing – and will respond to them if we do.”

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56 thoughts on “Outrageous: DC’s Human Rights Office Investigating CUA After Anti-Catholic Prof. Claims Muslim “Human Rights” Violated

  1. Frank Livingston says:

    This is all about the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam, ARTICLE 24: All the rights and freedoms stipulated in this Declaration are subject to the Islamic Shari’ah. ARTICLE 25: The Islamic Shari’ah is the only source of reference for the explanation or classification of any of the articles of this Declaration.
    I suggest you read up on the power it has upon us because Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama pushed it upon us with UN Resolution 16/18 that places Shariah/Islamic law above our First Amendment rights! Think not! Go to YouTube and watch Stephen Coughlin, Part 5: The Role of the OIC in Enforcing Islamic Law https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkAZUvQAzkc

    Stephen Coughlin is warning us…Is anyone listening? Who is Coughlin you ask!

    Stephen Coughlin a leading national security advisor and Islamic law expert explains how and why America is losing to jihadists in his new book: “Catastrophic Failure: Blindfolding America in the Face of the Jihad,” On page #12 Coughlin writes, “I had entered the Intelligence Directorate adhering to the traditional methods of analysis. Soon, however, I discovered that within the division there seemed to be a preference for political correctness over accuracy and for models that were generated not by what the enemy said he was, but on what academics and “cultural advisors” said the enemy needed to be, based on contrived social science theories.”
    It seemed the enemy was aware of this as well. Forces hostile to the United States in the War on Terror appeared to have successfully calculated that they could win the war by convincing our national security leaders of the immorality of studying and knowing the enemy.” (snip)
    https://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/catastrophic-failure

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