Ours is a secular society and long may it be so but that does not stop the religiously obsessive from trying to reshape the way we do things to suit their own religious paradigms.
MUSLIM university students want lectures to be rescheduled to fit in with prayer timetables and separate male and female eating and recreational areas established on Australian campuses.
International Muslim students, predominantly from Saudi Arabia, have asked universities in Melbourne to change class times so they can attend congregational prayers. They also want a female-only area for Muslim students to eat and relax.
But at least one institution has rejected their demands, arguing that the university is secular and it does not want to set a precedent for requests granted in the name of religious beliefs.
La Trobe University International chief officer John Molony said several students had approached the Bundoora institution about rearranging class times to fit in with daily prayers.
Mr Molony said the university was attempting to “meet the needs” of an increasing number of Muslim international students, including doubling the size of the prayer room on campus.
La Trobe University International College director Martin Van Run said that although it was involved in discussions with the Muslim students who had made the requests, the university was not planning to change any timetables.
I am pleased that those bastions of multiculturalism, moral relativism and political correctness are resisting this assault on our secular education , because once we give in to this sort of thing how long will it be before all of our Uni students (like prison inmates up here in Queensland ) are forced to eat only Halal meat? Or they are unable to get a bacon sarnie?
Living in a tolerant society does not mean that we have to pander to all kinds of religious ritual. I have respect for the sort of faith traditions that can give us a good template for the way our social systems can work but I have never been able to understand why any omnipotent deity would need human beings to supplicate themselves before him. Surely empty ritual is less important than what is in our hearts and the only ones to benefit from those rituals are the temple builders and the clergy who make their living by misrepresenting the deity.