I am an ardent supporter of private property rights. Maybe I take my support of private property rights to the extreme. You be the judge. Although I personally abhor bigots and will not associate with those I deem to be bigots, I do believe that within ones private property people have the right to discriminate at will. For example, if the owner of a men’s clothing store only hires male sales clerk, that should be the right of the owner to do so; or if a Chinese restaurant only hires Chinese, that should be the right of the owner to do so. I think you get the idea of my views on private property rights.
So, please take a look at this Fox News story. A law professor, John Banzhaf, at Georgetown University is charging that Catholic University in Washington D.C. is violating the human rights of their Muslim students by not providing them a place to pray that is void of Christian symbols. I don’t deny that the professor has the right to file whatever charges he sees fit against whomever he sees fit. What bothers me is that the Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights has agreed to open an investigation which they say may take six months to complete. Why shouldn’t this case have been dismissed immediately? And here is the kicker. The professor who filed the charges doesn’t believe that what Catholic University is doing is illegal.
“It may not be illegal, but it suggests they are acting improperly and probably with malice,”
So what is going on here. I seems to me that Professor Banzhaf is in the harassment business. To me, Catholic University is demonstrating a great deal of tolerance in even admitting Muslim students to their private university. Why should they have to make special accommodations for students of other faiths than the one for which they stand?
Although I know it happens all the time in America today, my question to you, dear readers, is: when do civil rights trump inalienable rights?
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?