by Jerry Gordon
Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota has a meditation room, which functions as a sex-segregated Mosque with Islamic materials that derogate both Christians and Jews. Wash basins in college lavatories are used as wudus or foot baths for Somali Muslim students in this Minneapolis area public college. That was the experience of Star Tribune writer Katherine Kersten when she visited the community college and spoke with students and administration.
Read some of the tracts that Kersten found when she entered this ‘meditation room’:
A row of chest-high barriers splits the room into sex-segregated sections. In the smaller, enclosed area for women sits a pile of shawls and head-coverings. Literature titled “Hijaab [covering] and Modesty” was prominently placed there, instructing women on proper Islamic behavior.
They should cover their faces and stay at home, it said, and their speech should not “be such that it is heard.”
“Enter into Islaam completely and accept all the rulings of Islaam,” the tract read in part. “It should not be that you accept what entertains your desires and leave what opposes your desires; this is from the manners of the Jews.”
“[T]he Jews and the Christians” are described as “the enemies of Allaah’s religion.” The document adds: “Remember that you will never succeed while you follow these people.”
A poster on the room’s door advertised a local lecture on “marriage from an Islamic perspective,” with “useful tips for marital harmony from the Prophet’s … life.” Other fliers invited students to join the Normandale Islamic Forum, or participate in Ramadan celebrations.
One thing was missing from the meditation room: evidence of any faith but Islam. No Bible, no crucifix, no Torah.
One history professor at Normandale commented: “For all practical purposes, this meditation room is essentially a Muslim prayer room,” said Chuck Chalberg of Normandale’s history faculty. “Something this unprecedented goes beyond religious toleration.”
As a public institution, Normandale Community College is possibly violating separation of church provisions of the US constitution, all because of intimidation by Muslims in the student body. It also may be violating Title IX of the US Civil Rights law as regarding segregation by sex. What is occurring in this Minnesota Community college is adoption of Sharia by intimidation of the administration and tolerance of hate of the other-us, by Islamists in the student body.