Thursday, April 8, 2010

Muslim Arrogance in Plain Sight

Here is a totally unbelievable story. If someone can show that this is made up and not true, I would be relieved and happy. But according to the Houston Belief website a group of Muslim students at Trinity University in Houston want the words "in the year of our Lord" off the diplomas because they do not feel a Christian reference is appropriate on the diploma awarded by a university which was founded by Presbyterians and still maintains a Presbyterian link.
Here is the story:

A group of students at Trinity University is lobbying trustees to drop a reference to “Our Lord” on their diplomas, arguing it does not respect the diversity of religions on campus.

“A diploma is a very personal item, and people want to proudly display it in their offices and homes,” said Sidra Qureshi, president of Trinity Diversity Connection. “By having the phrase ‘In the Year of Our Lord,' it is directly referencing Jesus Christ, and not everyone believes in Jesus Christ.”

Qureshi, who is Muslim, has led the charge to tweak the wording, winning support from student government and a campus commencement committee. Trustees are expected to consider the students' request at a May board meeting.

Other students and President Dennis Ahlburg have defended the wording, arguing that references to the school's Presbyterian roots are appropriate and unobtrusive.

Founded by Presbyterians in 1869, Trinity has been governed by an independent board of trustees since 1969 but maintains a “covenant relationship” with the church.

“Any cultural reference, even if it is religious, our first instinct should not be to remove it, but to accept it and tolerate it,” said Brendan McNamara, president of the College Republicans.

McNamara pointed out that Trinity displays other signs of its Christian heritage, including a chapel on campus, a chaplain, Christmas vespers and a Bible etching on the Trinity seal.

“Once you remove that phrase, where do you draw the line?” McNamara asked.

The debate started last year when Isaac Medina, a Muslim convert from Guadalajara, Mexico, noticed the wording while looking at pre-made diploma frames in the Trinity bookstore. When Medina applied to Trinity, university staff told him it wasn't a religious institution and that it maintained only a historical bond to the Presbyterian Church.

Read the rest here.

I say that the university should tell these students that if they don't like the diplomas they should transfer to a state college that is not religiously affiliated. There are plenty of them around. And they should not let the door hit them on the behind on the way out.

But seriously, how absolutely thick can you get? The words "our Lord" bother them, but the word "Trinity" doesn't? They didn't notice the name of the university when they were in the process of applying to be students there? Are we supposed to buy that?

This is just the typical faux aggrieved victim strategy to get the university to make one concession after another until everything Christian is removed and then the next demand will be to make the university officially Muslim one step at a time. Give me a break. I have never heard of anything so deliberately provocative and so offensive in a long time. These are not aggrieved victims; these are fascists who deserve no sympathy and no consideration.

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