Monday, December 19, 2016

When Legislators Look at Higher Ed Budgets this Year

Something to Consider when Legislators
Look at Higher Ed Budgets this Year
  Ah… Queen David Boren likes to subvert Oklahoma values and little else does that better than creating better conditions for Muslims while attacking Christian values and denying Christian prayer.  And of course a Ten Commandments memorial isn't allowed on state property but it is fine to spend tax payer dollars on Mosques on OU campus?  Below is a Muslim news story bragging about expanded Muslim rights on the OU campus.
  AhlulBayt News Agency) - Maeen Alqohaif used to pray between the narrow bookshelves in a corner of the Bizzell Memorial Library, where stray students wandering by posed a constant distraction. Until, that is, the mechanical engineering junior discovered a better location for the five-times daily prayer required of Muslims: the reflection room — a classroom-sized, lamp-lit, quiet space designated solely for prayer.

  The University of Oklahoma has opened a new reflection room to host Muslim students wishing to pray during the day, giving them a sense of belonging and welcome.
"Prayer is very important to me. It's my priority to pray on time every day," Maeen Alqohaif, a mechanical engineering junior, told The Oklahoma Daily on Monday, December 5.
  "This room is very convenient because I come (to the library) to study, and at the same time I don't have to go all the way home and pray. I can just pray here."
  Alqohaif used to pray between the narrow bookshelves in a corner of the Bizzell Memorial Library.  He later discover a room on the second floor of the library, which was implemented at the request of the Muslim Student Association.
  Charles Kimball, director of the religious studies program and scholar of Islam, said prayer is one of five pillars of Islam, meaning it is a vital part of the religion. This prayer involves a series of steps including standing, bowing and prostrating toward Mecca while reciting Quran verses and praying to God for guidance, forgiveness, success and anything that comes to mind, Alqohaif said.

"Prayer is designed five times a day so that whatever else is going on, whatever football game is happening or other things are happening, that you stop what you're doing, remember who God is and keep your priorities in line," Kimball said. "It's a discipline that Muslims are expected to practice in order to keep focused on what's ultimately important."

Sandhu said Muslims view prayer as similar to a Gatorade break during a football game.

"We pray five times a day, so during that football game, you have five Gatorade breaks to pretty much catch up, replenish yourself and then go back into your day, so that's basically what we view prayer as," Sandhu said.

Kimball said he recognized the importance of the reflection room for Muslim students in particular.

"It's important to have a place that's private — that's quiet — where you can focus on worship rather than outside distractions," Kimball said. "I think it's a nice kind of accommodation, and the idea is the university should be providing a place for people of all traditions, and it's just a way of affirming diversity — of being respectful of that. Already a lot in our society is structured around the presumption of a Christian calendar, so to have some kind of accommodation like that is particularly appropriate."

Sandhu said the university responded to MSA's request for a prayer room to meet the needs of Muslim students.

"During the day, I mean, we're all students, we all go to class, and even though there is a mosque on campus, it's about a mile away, so we needed an option for people to go ahead and pray on campus when they couldn't make it to the mosque," Sandhu said. "Besides, it's really awkward praying in the stairwell or in a classroom, so we needed a room to pray in."

While the room was originally intended for Muslim students, Sandhu said it is open to anyone, as long as it is being used for prayer or quiet reflection.  The space is decorated with a large-area rug, several lamps, a few chairs, copies of the Quran, pamphlets about Islam and a bookshelf.

"It's fairly simple," Sandhu said. "I mean, it's used for one thing, so we like to keep it as minimal as possible so people don't get distracted in there, because if you're distracted in prayer, the purpose of the room is basically invalidated."

Sandhu said the Muslim Student Association is grateful to have the room available for prayer.

"We feel very welcomed, personally, that the university is so accepting of our religion that they're going to give you a designated room to pray," Sandhu said. "I mean, they accept you, you're welcome here, and you can follow your religion as you please, and they will accommodate you for that. They didn't have to do it, but they did, which we really do appreciate. We do use it. And we do need it here on campus, so we're grateful that we have it."
And who is this Sandhu?   He is the leader of the Muslim Student Association which was created by the Muslim Brother hood.  Here is a good link to an explanation of the Muslim Student Association including their pledge of allegiance not to the U.S. but to die in the cause of Allah.
The OU Muslims are also constructing a masadra to teach children.  Probably have a good course in suicide vests and car bombs.