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.”



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

  1. Sophia says:

    Really, then the Muslims should not attend a Catholic University. I went to Turkey in 1998, I didn’t complain about their symbols and mosques taking over the Catholic Cathedrals, I felt it ashamed that they destroyed the beauty of another person’s religious beliefs, but then they were the dominant culture. A culture which doesn’t allow someone else to have religious freedom doesn’t deserve it themselves. I know the cross of Jesus Christ is offensive, because it says that Jesus, only He could die for our sins. It says that He alone is the Son of God and the Second person of the Trinity. This however, should not bow down to an lesser view point which in my opinion is a religion of man. The Holy Spirit birthed Jesus in Mary’s virgin womb, yet that is denied by many but that doesn’t make it less true. Truth has become something that is left to someone’s own understanding, but none who walk in their own understanding can have the understanding that God gives through His Holy Spirit. No more discussion. I think it is terrible that a people, or a student or a liberal professor would dare violate someone’s human rights. They are actually placing themselves as false gods and think we should bow down to them. If Alah or Budda or any other god is true then we don’t need to defend them do we? My God is true and I don’t need to defend Him, but the truth is that University is Catholic and it is the choice for those who aren’t Catholic to attend there, so they should respect it. I am not Catholic yet I would never do such a low class thing as tell them that their symbols are offensive. I would just stay out of the Cathedral. Period.

  2. rtrich says:

    What are Muslims doing at a Catholic institution anyway – casing it for future burning or bombing?

    Simple solution: Ban the Muslims, not the beautiful Christian symbols.

  3. Beth Brownstein says:

    I am so utterly flabberghasted by this story that it makes my stomach turn. I couldn’t even type this out until I picked my jaw up off the ground. Can you imagine a Muslim university putting up a church on their campus for Catholic students? Not in this lifetime. This lawsuit is absurd! And I was born Jewish!! Well, the famous saying is “First Comes Saturday, Then Comes Sunday”…this means in the Muslim community that they will kill the Jews first on their Sabbath and then the Christians on Sunday on their Sabbath. Lovely, eh?

  4. Camille says:

    This lawsuit is outrageous. I’m not Christian I’m Jewish, but I attended private Catholic high school. I wanted to go to school in an environment where G-d was important. I lived in a small town growing up, and there was not a private Jewish school. I did not feel safe or welcomed in public schools growing up. I assume that the Muslim students feel safe, welcomed and in an environment where those around them value G-d and the teachings of our Lord and Savior. I hope the Muslim students protest this ridiculous lawsuit. Besides, this is a private college (if the Muslim students feel uncomfortable I’m sure they would not have enrolled at a Christian School) , and to infringe on both the Muslim and Christian students at the university is truly un-American and un-Constitutional. Somebody tell that man that it is a Christian School! Crosses belong at a Christian School!

  5. Drusilla says:

    I am so grateful that CUA is engaging in behaviour that results in persecution, they haven’t always. This is good news! Please pray for Prof. Banzhaf that he might have his heart healed & converted. Also please pray for the muslim students @ CUA that they may forgive those who are wrongfully accusing them & that they ma find Christ @ CUA & choose to give their lives to Him. And while we’re praying, let’s pray for ourselves that we might actually read & understand before we jump to judgement & that our hearts may be more filled w/ love than w/ anger & fear.


  6. [...] The complaint is absurd, writes Thomas Peters on the website CatholicVote. [...]

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