Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The March of Islamaphobia in Canada

In the West, our motto has long been, when in Rome, do as the Romans. So why is it that Muslims who come to the West expect a host of special accomodations? And, apparently, at least one useful occidental idiot seems to feel that a failure to accomodate constitutes the dreaded "Islamaphobia."

Based on interviews with nearly 1,000 Muslim students at 17 on-campus hearings across Ontario, [a] report concludes that universities and colleges are not doing enough to accommodate Muslim students.

"It's clear that every day Muslim students face both overt and subtle forms of Islamophobic discrimination on Ontario campuses," said Jesse Greener, Ontario Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students, which released the report of its Task Force on the Needs of Muslim Students today.

The most frequent problem identified by Muslim students was a failure to accommodate. These include a lack of appropriate food choices, inadequate prayer space and academic policies that often run counter to religious obligations such as exams on key days and classes unwilling to accept students' beliefs.

Another problem cited was the loan-based student financial aid system, which is particularly problematic for Muslim students because Islam forbids interest-bearing loans.

"Ontario's Muslim students often face a fundamentally different learning environment that other students," said Ausma Malik, a task force member and student at the University of Toronto.

Actually, it sounds as if the problem is not that Muslim students are being treated differently, its that they are being treated the same. You can read the entire story here.

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