The director of diversity and inclusion at the University of Kansas, Omar Rana, announced the creation of a lunchroom for Muslim women only so they have a “safe space” to eat.
“I think it’s about creating a safe space for Muslim women on campus and I think that’s really allowing for that,” said Zoya Khan, a freshman who also serves as secretary of the Muslim-Brotherhood tied Muslim Student Association, according to the blog Creeping Sharia. “I think it’s creating an environment of inclusivity and acceptance. We are part of the KU community and KY is allowing for us to fee comfortable.”
Since when does comfort dictate policy?
If Christians needed a quiet place to study the Bible, or Hindus needed a “safe space” to meditate and reflect, would the university create a similar private spot for those faithful as well?
From Creeping Sharia:
“Room 102 of the OMA is available from noon to 1 p.m. on weekdays, mainly for women on campus who require a safe space to eat lunch due to religious attire that cannot be removed in public, Rana said.
“He said the process to get the lunchroom approved was lengthy and required the exploration of many campus resources, including Student Senate.
“Before taking the job as Diversity and Inclusion Director, Rana was a conversation leader with International Student Services. While talking to women from the Middle East who wear burqas and niqabs, he asked how the University’s campus could be more accessible.
“‘One thing that they mentioned is that they didn’t really have a place to go for lunch hours,’ said Rana. ‘They can’t really eat in the union because they would have to take off their burqa or niqab, which they can’t do, or they would have to eat under it, which isn’t always the most comfortable.'”
So how many does this new allowance benefit?
A comparative handful of the student population.
Again, from Creeping Sharia:
“Rana said there were 25 to 30 women on campus that could use the accommodation, and it was likely that three to five women would use the lunchroom on a daily basis.
“‘I think as long as there is that need for a student to have that sort of accommodation, the University should make that accommodation. It doesn’t really matter how many or how few are using it,’ he said.”