Harvard Closes Gym To Non-Muslims
Posted by Casey on March 11, 2008
Perhaps Harvard can start closing the gym for Protestants, so they don’t have to work out with Catholics, or prevent Buddhists and hunters from sharing the same bench press. Maybe we can just start building segregated gyms for every possible difference between people … including race. Yeah, that’s real progressive thinking.
Harvard University’s trial policy of denying men use of one of its gyms for six hours a week to accommodate Muslim women has been an exercise in frustration for some students and off-campus critics.
Since Feb. 4, the Quadrangle Recreational Athletic Center at the Ivy League school has been open only to women from 8-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 3-5 p.m. on Mondays — allowing Muslim women, who typically cover their hair and most of their skin to follow religious and cultural code, to dress more suitably for exercising.
What’s even more humorous about this thing is that the Muslim women are trying to make it a gender issue … not religious.
Hussein Ibish, executive director of the Foundation for Arab-American Leadership, said complaints that the policy is unfair are unfounded.
“It’s about expanding the range of choices,” Ibish told TODAY co-host Matt Lauer on Monday. “Women, for all kinds of reasons, don’t want to exercise in front of men. It’s a minority of women, but there are.
This modesty business sometimes comes from religion, sometimes from culture … They just don’t want to be ogled by men when they’re working out.”
If it’s really just a case of men ogling women … why don’t they just build a Curves on campus? Better yet, just designate these hours for ALL WOMEN, not just Muslim women. I’ve read several articles on the matter, and they all say these are special accommodations for these 6 Muslim women, not all women.
Harvard has a bit of a history with caving to Muslims, and even seeking foreign Muslims out who had ties with terrorists. They have even been guilty of openly supporting anti-American, anti-Jew, terrorist supporting jihadis at official Harvard events.
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