Standing in Solidarity: Amid attacks and false perceptions, stand in support of our University
October 28, 2011
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Our university has been featured all over national news channels this past week in reference to the recent controversy over Muslim students on campus.
Headlines like, “Holy War in DC”, “Catholic Violates Human Rights” and “Catholic University Charged with Bias” keep pouring in as the debate intensifies.
The Tower staff stands in solidarity with CUA’s Muslim students who have been wrongfully accused of complaining against their university. Last week’s article about the legal action taken against the university only revealed the general sense of acceptance that our many Muslim students feel as members of the CUA community.
As Catholic students, we are proud of the diversity of religion and culture at our school, which testifies to the universal character of the Catholic Church, and we are offended by the unjustifiable criticism and hate that our institution has suffered.
To our knowledge, this lawsuit has been perpetrated by George Washington University Professor John Banzhaf and no one else. There have been no formal complaints made by our Muslim students, unlike the media and Banzhaf suggest, and there has been no official statement sent to the University by the Office of Human Rights.
For the second time, Banzhaf has attempted to drive a wedge between students at our University by occupying our time and money with frivolous lawsuits that witness only to his desire for fame and his rejection of anything that resembles morality and conscience.
The Tower would like to say that we are proud of our university, we are proud of being Catholic, and we are proud that we are held to higher standards than students at other schools might be.
Contrary to what Banzhaf and much of the media thinks, we are not oppressed students who don’t have a handle on real life because of our Catholic values.
We do not let our beliefs as Catholics cause us to ruthlessly criticize the peaceful choices of other cultures, religions and ways of life because we have a genuine respect for fellow human beings.
We only ask that we receive that same respect in return.