Should Celebrating Diversity Include Celebrating Islam?

Muslim happy meals are coming to Georgetown University.

The Georgetown University Student Association (GUSA) has elected the first Muslim student to serve as its president at the school which brands itself as America’s “oldest Catholic and Jesuit institute of higher learning.”

Enushe Khan joined the board of the university Muslim Student Association (MSA) soon after arriving at Georgetown, and served as chair of Interfaith and Service for five semesters, reports The Hoya – the school’s oldest and largest student newspaper.

According to the report, Khan’s Muslim identity has been an integral part of her campus activism from the start of her academic career at Georgetown. During her freshman year, Khan was elected to a seat on the GUSA after she observed a lack of halal foods that are required under Islamic dietary law on the school’s campus.

“Food was a big issue, and that was sort of affecting my health,” Khan said. “That was a common trend with other Muslim students as well. It’s something that was never a concern for Dining or Auxiliary Services until it really came up in GUSA.”

If a university is supposed to accommodate the dietary rules of an ideological movement, then what’s the principle to stop the school from accommodating other rules of an ideological movement? The rule, for example, that women must cover their faces? Or the rule that gays should be shunned, or even executed? Or that Muslim rituals and prayer must become part of daily campus life? For that matter, what are women doing at a university that will train them to become doctors, lawyers or engage in other professions which, according to that ideological movement, women have no business doing?

While a member of the GUSA senate, Khan reportedly called for Muslim halal foods to be more readily available at Georgetown’s dining facilities. As an MSA board member, she also worked to expand interfaith programming with other faith groups on campus.

“Interfaith programs”? Exactly how do those work with respect to Islam? According to Islam, you’re either with them, or against them. To many Muslims, if you’re against Islam, you die.

Khan said as GUSA president, she hopes to continue the same outreach she performed while on the MSA board.

Will that outreach by a Muslim student association include denunciation of radical Isalm? Or will students and teachers at Georgetown University who are not Muslim be forced to practice sensitivity towards the dietary and other habits of Muslim students? While non-Muslim students may not criticize or question Islam, because that’s supposedly racist, Muslim students will be tolerated even if they refuse to comment on the barbaric Jihad the most prominent leaders of their ideological movement wage on a daily basis against all things Western and non-Islamic, including this very university campus.

The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), observes that the MSA of the United States and Canada was incorporated in January 1963, when members of the Muslim Brotherhood came together at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with the goal of “spreading Islam as students in North America.”

“Islamic extremism is on the rise on college and university campuses across the United States,” IPT continues. “The spread of radical Islamism on campuses has proven to be an effective tool to garner support and gain legitimacy, exploiting the right of free association with academic institutions.”

If the Nazi movement were gaining ground in the United States, as it did throughout Germany and elsewhere in the 1920s and 1930s, would it be wise for university officials to foster dialogue and “outreach” on behalf of the Nazis?

If giving the Nazi movement, or the KKK movement, heightened visibility or legitimacy on a college campus is not a good idea, then why is it a good idea to give Islam that visibility or legitimacy? The fact that you’re not permitted to ask (or even think) the question without being labeled hateful is proof of the evasion involved right there.

People who do not want anyone to ask these questions will rush to label anyone who asks these questions a narrow-minded “racist.” But the decision to embrace Islam is a choice. It would be racist to eschew someone because of their skin color or place of birth. It’s not racist to criticize someone for their choice of ideology, whether that ideology is Islam, Nazism, Communism or anything else. Remember that Islam is not merely a religion; it’s a religion with a political ideology attached. It’s also a death sentence to all nonbelievers, at least according to the most fervent advocates of that movement, people we’re not supposed to denounce and people whom the advocates of supposedly “moderate” Islam need not even mention or criticize.

The people who support Georgetown’s move point to the desirability of a more “diverse” campus. Is diversity always advisable? Making it easier for Islam to flourish on a college campus makes it easier for the terrorist elements within Islam, which everyone knows are highly prevalent, to do what they do, which is slaughter people who disagree with them.

When some tragic event someday occurs at Georgetown University or somewhere else with similar diversity policies, we’ll use it as an excuse to further restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens who do not subscribe to an ideology waging war and death on most of the world. If Muslims keep killing non-Muslims, we’ll be told, it’s because we haven’t sufficiently outlawed guns or cracked down on freedom of speech.

Islam does not tolerate or respect diversity. Why should the rest of us tolerate Islam in diversity’s name?

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