We’re not in Kansas anymore, folks. Even in this American Heartland state, on a predominantly Christian campus, Muslims are exerting their dominance. And as astonishing as it should be, you may actually not be all that surprised to learn that university officials are behind them.
And the Christians who protested having their chapel “cleansed” of its Christian trappings? Well, they’re Islamophobic, of course.
As reported in Christianity Today:
Right in the American Heartland, in the state of Kansas, a minority group of Muslim students have succeeded in taking over what used to be the Christian chapel of their university to the dismay of the school’s majority Christian population.
Ironically, the Muslims gained control of the Christian prayer area with the help of the administrators of Wichita State University (WSU) who, last May, decided to make the university’s chapel “faith neutral” to accommodate Muslim students, according to a Fox News report.
University officials ordered workers to remove all the pews and the altar inside the Harvey D. Grace Memorial Chapel. Muslim prayer rugs and some portable chairs were then brought inside.
In a statement, WSU President John Bardo said the changes were in compliance with the wishes of the chapel’s benefactor, Mrs. Harvey D. Grace, who in her last will wrote that “this chapel will be open to all creeds and to all races of people.”
Guided by this, Bardo said they decided to convert the chapel into a facility “welcoming to all religious groups on campus.”
And by “all religious groups” — the university apparently meant Muslims.
But the changes ultimately resulted in a “Christian cleansing,” according to Fox News. “Anything remotely related to the décor of a Christian church was given the heave-ho.”
The student alumni and university donors protested the removal of the pews and altar. “Why did they have to take out all the pews?” alum Jean Ann Cusick wrote on Facebook.
But the Muslims now in control of the facility are dismissing the Christian outrage, calling it “Islamophobia,” or prejudice against Muslims.
The Muslim students have also apparently taken over the university’s student body and publication, the Wichita Eagle. Student body president Joseph Shepard told the Wichita Eagle that the Christian outrage is “coming from off-campus, not from the students here.”
Of the university’s 15,000 predominantly Christian students, only about 1,000 are Muslims.
The Christian protesters continue to appeal to the university administrators not to deprive its majority Christian student population of their religious rights — as they well should.
Perhaps they should accuse the Muslims, now in control of the chapel, of Christianphobia? It certainly sounds like that is a more accurate description of what is actually going on here.
How is it that this public (i.e., taxpayer-funded) university is letting this vocal minority overtake the rights of the majority? Last I checked, the rule of law in this land was still the Constitution, despite increasing and concerted efforts to undermine it. Students — Americans — of ALL religions should be afforded the same freedom to exercise their religion.
Our hyper-PC, progressive culture has gone so far in the name of “tolerance,” it has become tyrannical.
When tolerance becomes a one-way street, it will lead to cultural suicide. God help this republic.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]