You read that right. Unfortunately. John Banzhaf is a George Washington University law professor who is always working to undermine religious expression (unless you’re a Muslim) and traditional values.
This week he’s suing Washington DC’s Catholic University. Basically he’s suing them for being Catholic and having the audacity to live out their values in the public square.
Actually, not even the public square. Catholic University is a private school.
Here’s Catholic University President John Garvey standing in front of one of the many offending crosses (actually it’s a Crucifix) on the campus.
Banzhaf’s lawsuit caught University officials unawares since no student has filed a complaint with the University. But that wouldn’t stop Banzhaf, who has a separate law suit in process against the school because they eliminated mixed-gender dorms.
He alleges that the university, “does not provide space – as other universities do – for the many daily prayers Muslim students must make, forcing them instead to find temporarily empty classrooms where they are often surrounded by Catholic symbols which are incongruous to their religion,” according to the Tower, Catholic University’s student newspaper.
The complaint further objects that Muslims must pray at the school’s chapels “and at the cathedral that looms over the entire campus – the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.”
It’s not like Catholic University was desperately trying to hide who they are and then spring attempted conversions on unknowing college students. They’re not called “Washington DC University” or “Capitol University” or something sneaky like that.
The name on the gate, and on all their correspondence is “Catholic University.” We would expect that a university bearing that name would demonstrate their articles of faith. Frankly, we’re surprised there’s not a requirement to attend Mass every day. And if we were enrolled there and that was a requirement, we’d put our Baptist Protestantism aside and go to Mass.
We are forced to agree with Thomas Peters who writes for Catholic Vote.
“Normally I would have confidence that this lawsuit will be deemed without merit, but the way things are going these days, I just can’t be sure anymore. Simply incredible.”
And simply disgusting.
What’s next, a lawsuit to remove crosses from military cemeteries?
Already been filed. Really.