MUSLIM UNIVERSITY STUDENTS DEMAND ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THEIR RELIGION
More and more Muslim students are demanding accommodations for their religion on university campuses. If Catholic students demanded similar accommodations they would be laughed off campus. But for some reason the atheistic campus elite are oftentimes willing to give in to the religion of Islam. Why oh why?
Harvard Sets Women-Only Hours for Gym, Complying With Muslim Students' Request. Since Jan. 28, the Quadrangle Recreational Athletic Center has been open only to women from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays.
The change was prompted by a request from the Harvard College Women's Center, which was approached by six female Muslim students, said Robert Mitchell, communications director of Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
"It was done for religious purposes, but it's not closed to other women who may want to participate," he said.
Ola Aljawhary, a student and a member of the Harvard Islamic Society, said the women-only gym is needed.
"These hours are necessary because there is a segment of the Harvard female population that is not found in gyms, not because they don't want to work out, but because for them working out in a co-ed gym is uncomfortable, awkward or problematic in some way," she told Boston University's Daily Free Press."
Just last week there was news of Australian Muslim university students who requested lectures to be rescheduled to fit in with prayer timetables. They also requested that separate male and female eating and recreational areas be established on Australian campuses.
"International Muslim students, predominantly from Saudi Arabia, have asked universities in Melbourne to change class times so they can attend congregational prayers. They also want a female-only area for Muslim students to eat and relax.
Islamic leaders yesterday backed the push by Muslim students to have their lectures arranged to accommodate prayer sessions, but said such a move would be essential only for congregational Friday prayers.