Minnesota community college’s meditation room gets Islamicized

posted at 11:22 am on December 18, 2007 by Bryan

This story has a moral: Aggression works. And aggression works best among pacified people who consider themselves liberal and enlightened.

Last week, I visited a Muslim place of worship. A schedule for Islam’s five daily prayers was posted at the entrance, near a sign requesting that shoes be removed. Inside, a barrier divided men’s and women’s prayer space, an arrow informed worshippers of the direction of Mecca, and literature urged women to cover their faces.

Sound like a mosque?

The place I’m describing is the “meditation room” at Normandale Community College, a 9,200-student public institution in Bloomington.

Until recently, the room was the school’s only usable racquetball court. College administrators converted the court into a meditation room when construction forced closure of the previous 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.”

If anyone had complained about it, they would probably have found themselves under criticism for something. Racism, even though Islam isn’t a race, or intolerance…something. Whatever the response, it leads to moral equivalence and overt intimidation.

One female student tried to use the room when Muslim students were in it, said Lunaas. “She believed she should be treated equally. They were telling her to leave, to take off her shoes, to go to the other side of the divider.”

Anderson says he met several times with concerned students. But “the whole thing was just basically swept aside,” according to Lunaas.

Anderson said that in the incident involving the young woman, “both sides were probably out of line.”

Howard Odor, who advises the college’s Somali Student Association, said he has not been aware of “any issues” since the meditation room has been in the racquetball court. “I can guarantee that college policy is that anyone who wants to go in there and pray or meditate can do so.”

Sure, that’s the policy. But try acting on it.

Lunaas finally expressed his concerns to a Muslim student who “seemed to be in charge.”

“His attitude was, ‘We don’t have to listen to you, we can do whatever we want,’ ” he said.

Confrontations also erupted in the sex-segregated meditation room, according to Lunaas. “Muslim students just took it over. They made people who were not of the Muslim religion feel very uncomfortable, especially if they were female.”

And that’s how you go from liberal Minnesota to Robert Ferrigno’s dystopic Islamicized America, inch by inch, prayer room by prayer room. Aggression works.


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So the female was equally wrong for even questioning the cultist? The University is in full moonbat cringe. Why?

pat on December 18, 2007 at 11:30 AM

I think people should go in there and start hitting some raquetballs…sports can be very meditative.

James on December 18, 2007 at 11:31 AM

The University is in full moonbat cringe. Why?

Cuz liberals and liberal bureaucrats are douchebags.

benrand on December 18, 2007 at 11:33 AM

Well, that’s it then. Racquetball is officially extinct.

But seriously, Islamization is like taxes, once the precedent is set you can never go back. Not that the moronic left has any traditions it feels are worth defending. Except maybe abortion rights.

pistolero on December 18, 2007 at 11:34 AM

Two words:

“Pig Races”

HerrMorgenholz on December 18, 2007 at 11:34 AM

“[T]he Jews and the Christians” are described as “the enemies of Allaah’s religion.”

You got that right.

leanright on December 18, 2007 at 11:34 AM

And aggression works best among pacified people who consider themselves liberal and enlightened

especially when those Enlightened Libs are running the 9200 student college.
Sharia creep= creepy Odor= this policy even smells bad.
Sharia aggression is beyond creep-ing, sharia is RUNNING.
.
Ban muslim student visas.

shooter on December 18, 2007 at 11:36 AM

Being a racquetball player, I am more offended they closed down the only court!

I shall burn racquets in effigy!

Brought to you buy the ‘sport of perpetual outrage’

Utah Boy on December 18, 2007 at 11:37 AM

I think people should go in there and start hitting some raquetballs

GREAT idea, wish I was there , I would play.

shooter on December 18, 2007 at 11:38 AM

Brought to you buy the ’sport of perpetual outrage’

Utah Boy on December 18, 2007 at 11:37 AM

You’ve never played golf, have you?

HerrMorgenholz on December 18, 2007 at 11:40 AM

HerrMorgenholz on December 18, 2007 at 11:34 AM

Now THAT was worthwhile snark, HerrMorgenholz. I’m FOR that! :)

tickleddragon on December 18, 2007 at 11:40 AM

I’m going there to meditate on the glories and general vavavoomness of Miss Piggy.

Mr. Bingley on December 18, 2007 at 11:41 AM

I smell a skillet loaded with ham and eggs emanating from the meditation room………….
.
mmmmmmm………ham………

subbottomfeeder on December 18, 2007 at 11:45 AM

This is going on all over the place. Yale has recently done this.

I was looking through the catalog of gifts from the American Cathedral, which is actually Episcopalian, and one of the gifts is a bracelet with Christian, Muslim and Jewish symbols. I guess that’s for people who can’t decide?

Hening on December 18, 2007 at 11:45 AM

Question:
Should a non-Muslim remove his/her shoes if going in to meditate or pray? As a gesture of respect? If so, then why not the rest of it?

a capella on December 18, 2007 at 11:45 AM

Question:
Should a non-Muslim remove his/her shoes if going in to meditate or pray? As a gesture of respect? If so, then why not the rest of it?

a capella on December 18, 2007 at 11:45 AM

Yes, you should remove your shoes before taking a dump in the footbaths.

James on December 18, 2007 at 11:47 AM

Wait just one gosh darn minute. Religious activity on a public college campus, sanctioned and endorsed by the college? Why the ACLU must be at the courthouse right about…Muslim students, you say? Oh, nevermind.

KelliD on December 18, 2007 at 11:48 AM

Where is a congressman when you need him?
.
Oh, nevermind…

By choosing generosity and inclusiveness, we reject the politics of scarcity – that there isn’t enough to go around

.
wonder who said that? Have you ever looked at his endorsements? No CAIR, nothing from muslims of America or muslims of Minnesota, no muslims period…..why is that?

shooter on December 18, 2007 at 11:53 AM

Where is the Christian Chapel and Jewish Synagogue located on that campus?

countywolf on December 18, 2007 at 11:55 AM

There’s really no point at all in directing one’s anger at the Muslims here. They’re only doing what they know they can get away with in this society.

If you hand someone the keys to your house, you shouldn’t be that surprised to find that he’s taken over your living room.

morganfrost on December 18, 2007 at 11:55 AM

I think people should go in there and start hitting some raquetballs…sports can be very meditative.

James on December 18, 2007 at 11:31 AM

I was thinking the same thing.

samuelrylander on December 18, 2007 at 11:55 AM

Well….if the President of the United States can bring in the 101st Airborne to escort black children to school then he/she can damn sure bring them in to escort college kids into the meditation room….

are ya listening Fred?

Limerick on December 18, 2007 at 11:56 AM

I demand a Rastafarian room, a Branch Davidian, and Jim Jones room.

infidel on December 18, 2007 at 12:04 PM

I demand a Rastafarian Pastafarian room, a Branch Davidian, and Jim Jones room.

infidel on December 18, 2007 at 12:04 PM

A little exclusionary toward the atheists, there, had to fix.

RushBaby on December 18, 2007 at 12:11 PM

Wait just one gosh darn minute. Religious activity on a public college campus, sanctioned and endorsed by the college? Why the ACLU must be at the courthouse right about…Muslim students, you say? Oh, nevermind.

KelliD on December 18, 2007 at 11:48 AM

TRUER WORDS WERE NEVER SPOKEN

Tim Zank on December 18, 2007 at 12:13 PM

There’s really no point at all in directing one’s anger at the Muslims here. They’re only doing what they know they can get away with in this society.

If you hand someone the keys to your house, you shouldn’t be that surprised to find that he’s taken over your living room.

morganfrost on December 18, 2007 at 11:55 AM

good point,
islam, sharia law and muslims do not see or respect boundaries, especially where none are set.

abinitioadinfinitum on December 18, 2007 at 12:16 PM

To be honest, if the non-Muslim students aren’t willing to organize a worship/meditation group to go in and do what they want to do, the Muslims win by default and all the ouside criticism doesn’t mean a thing. Turning the other cheek always has a downside.

a capella on December 18, 2007 at 12:17 PM

I live pretty close to Normandale and this does not surprise me. Nothing really surprises me anymore of what public colleges do. I begin to wonder if things are done to please certain groups of people, or to spit in the face of others.

Was this meditation room (or the previous one) given to Muslim students as a gift to them, or was it given to spite those which would never receive a gift such as this (Jews and Christians?)

Well, it was probably given out of fear I guess.

Grafted on December 18, 2007 at 12:30 PM

Women should learn not to question authority…learn to live with it. The NOW group has learned.

right2bright on December 18, 2007 at 12:31 PM

I have no problem with people using a classroom or whatever as a temporary place of worship, but I wonder had the students been Catholic and turned the library into a temp church would there have been a huge uproar from the liberal students? I say yes.

Its Tommy on December 18, 2007 at 12:32 PM

Oh wait… I didn’t finish reading the article.

Yeah, muslims are a crazy bunch.

Its Tommy on December 18, 2007 at 12:33 PM

If the college Prez said any words to the effect that “of course anyone can use the meditation room,” i wonder if there isnt one small band of brave non-pc types at the school willing to make sure “anyone” can in fact, do so.
how soon before islamic students at this school or elsewhere say they dont want women in the classroom as students or teachers coz it offends them?

i predict that we’ll see this start to play out all over the country.

Mike D. on December 18, 2007 at 12:45 PM

Apparently the power of prayer (5 times a day!) is more powerful than all the tough talk and posturing.

tlynch001 on December 18, 2007 at 12:47 PM

so it would probably be a good idea for the non-muslim students to start filing complaints for each time they are confronted. Eventually something might be done.

Canadian Imperialist Running Dog on December 18, 2007 at 12:55 PM

All right, who’s up for a trip to Minnesota for an organized mass Koran-flushing?

MadisonConservative on December 18, 2007 at 1:13 PM

creeping dystopia rampaging dhimmitude

eeyore on December 18, 2007 at 1:30 PM

This makes perfect sense to me being that I live in MN. I would like to add that MN is my adopted state. Thank God I wasn’t born here, but unfortunatley my kids were. The people in this state are so STUPID!!! Some of them are still driving around with Paul Wellstone bumper stickers. After next years elections you can say hello to Senator Al Franken. When my wife retires in a couple of years, if not sooner, we are outta here.

Your quote “pacified people who consider themselves liberal and enlightened” = stupid people.

Some time I would like to tell you how I really feel.

cjs1943 on December 18, 2007 at 1:39 PM

Crap like really grates my cheese.

The Race Card on December 18, 2007 at 3:12 PM

especially when those Enlightened Libs are running the 9200 student college.
Sharia creep= creepy Odor= this policy even smells bad.
Sharia aggression is beyond creep-ing, sharia is RUNNING.
.
Ban muslim student visas.

shooter on December 18, 2007 at 11:36 AM

Galloping sharia. Galloping, sneaky, stealthy sharia.
Correction – not sneaky nor stealthy, but IN YOUR FACE sharia. And dhimmis accept it.

This trailer needs to be played on all college campuses.

fred5678 on December 18, 2007 at 3:21 PM

This trailer needs to be played on all college campuses.

fred5678 on December 18, 2007 at 3:21 PM

The page is a good read, but the trailer reveals next to nothing about the content or approach.

MadisonConservative on December 18, 2007 at 4:02 PM

Somebody needs to call F.I.R.E. A good lawsuit will fix that crap.

Buford on December 18, 2007 at 4:58 PM

Where are those gay activists when you need them ???????????

SIJ6141 on December 18, 2007 at 7:00 PM

Howard ODOR, adviser to the Somali students…..

This is beginning to double stink.

BL@KBIRD on December 18, 2007 at 7:07 PM

Christian and Jewish groups need to go to the administration and demand ‘meditation rooms’ which conform to their religions.

Then, when it isn’t granted, bring lawsuits. They won’t win, but it might force the college to remove the Islamic trappings and turn the room back into a non-denominational area.

Though since the college used public money to build something for a specific religion, and that’s illegal (that is illegal — or am I getting forgetful in my old age?), why isn’t anyone suing already? Or at least threatening to?

Maybe Minnesota made Islam their official state religion and no one noticed?

NoSquids on December 18, 2007 at 7:24 PM

I smell a skillet loaded with ham and eggs emanating from the meditation room………….
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mmmmmmm………ham………

subbottomfeeder on December 18, 2007 at 11:45 AM

Sacrilicious!

Where are those gay activists when you need them ???????????

SIJ6141 on December 18, 2007 at 7:00 PM

Stares of Christian disapprobation? Bring it on!
Islamic knife-wounds in the chest? That’s another matter.

Tzetzes on December 18, 2007 at 8:22 PM

I demand a Rastafarian room…

infidel on December 18, 2007 at 12:04 PM

If hate-speech is protected when it’s religious, then, if we’re to be consistent, religious weed-smoking should be protected too. (I’m not being facetious.)

Tzetzes on December 18, 2007 at 8:24 PM

I think people should go in there and start hitting some raquetballs…sports can be very meditative.

James on December 18, 2007 at 11:31 AM

A bit late getting here… I was thinking the same. This stuff is getting out of control.

4shoes on December 18, 2007 at 9:27 PM