In case you missed this little item in the news yesterday….
Mass. – Harvard University has moved to make Muslim women more comfortable in the gym by instituting women-only access times six hours a week to accommodate religious customs that make it difficult for some students to work out in the presence of men.
Men have not been allowed to enter the Quadrangle Recreational Athletic Center during certain times since Jan. 28, after members of the Harvard Islamic Society and the Harvard Women’s Center petitioned the university for a more comfortable environment for women.
Harvard Islamic Society’s Islamic Knowledge Committee officer Ola Aljawhary, a junior, said the women-only hours are being tested on a trial basis. The special gym hours will be analyzed over Spring Break to determine if they will continue, she said.
Aljawhary said that she does not believe that the women-only gym hours discriminate against men.
“These hours are necessary because there is a segment of the Harvard female population that is not found in gyms not because they don’t want to work out, but because for them working out in a co-ed gym is uncomfortable, awkward or problematic in some way,” she said.
Though the policy was in part initiated by the school’s Islamic group, Aljawhary said women-only hours are not a case of “minority rights trumping majority preference” and said women of different faiths have showed interest in the hours.
“We live together in one community, it only makes sense for everyone to compromise slightly in order for everyone to live happily,” she said. “This matter is simple: Can’t we just display basic decency and show tolerance and inclusion for people not a part of the mainstream majority?”
Harvard junior Nick Wells said he believes the women-only hours are inconvenient for the residents that live near the facility and discriminate against men.
“It is unfair to impose a stringent policy that inhibits [students] from using their own facility in order to further a useless policy that doesn’t have any real effect,” he said.
Ever since 9/11, and for some long before that, the issue of immigration and “non-Americans” has certainly had it’s share of attention, on TV, on the ‘net, at the office water cooler, email…you name it. All of it contributing to (or possibly as a result of) the divisive language emanating from our leadership. Now while it would be fun to lay all this at the feet of the current White House Goober, that’s a tad unfair.
The bottom line is that common sense has been deep-sixed by political correctness. Special interests have trumped democracy. The minority rules – and let me make clear that by ‘minority’ I DO NOT MEAN RACE – I am referring to numerical value. To put it in Trek-Geek terms, the needs of the one now outweigh the needs of the many.
I don’t espouse a total laissez-faire agenda -people want to come to the States, let them come as long as they comply to existing immigration rules and become Americans, accept English as a primary (not exclusive) language and become part of the melting pot, not an exclusive little adjunct sect off to the side that just happens to live in Ogden, Utah. (I’m not picking on Utah, it’s just the first place that came to mind).
Here illegally? CYA! So long. Adios. Yer outta here. Period.
I received an email today that was basically a rant about being white and being tired of being treated as a second class citizen. While the irony in that is as subtle as a fart in church, I do understand where the frustration is coming from. However sitting back and whining 1) accomplishes nothing and 2) takes the whiners down to the level of all whiners. My response is that if you don’t like what you see, take some personal responsibility (GASP) and change it.
Oh, and one last thought, for the situation at Harvard I wonder why no well known defender of injustice has stood up for the guys being restricted…say Rev. Al Sharpton?