Saturday, August 4, 2012

Philippine Catholic school bans use of hijab; sparks protests, appeals among Muslim groups

Here's a breath of fresh air: a Catholic college in the Philippines is refusing to knuckle under to Muslim demands to wear hajibs on campus.  While the college makes it quite clear what their dress requirements before students are admitted, the Muslim street is whining and carping anyway. 

Stand tall Pilar College, never give in to any Muslim demands.  To do so is the first step on the slippery slope of dhimmitude.

FROM MINDANAOEXAMINER.COM:

Philippine Catholic school bans use of hijab; sparks protests, appeals among Muslim groups

Saturday, August 04, 2012 10:44:00 PM

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Aug. 4, 2012) – The Catholic-run Pilar College in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines has flatly rejected appeals by various Muslim groups to allow its Muslim students to use hijab.

The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) and local politicians also appealed to Pilar College to allow students to wear hijab.

NCMF Secretary Mehol Sadain, in an open letter to Pilar College, wrote: “I am writing, not to argue, but to enlighten; and not to object, but to appeal for your kind reconsideration and compromise, in behalf of the hijab-wearing Muslimah enrolled in Pilar College.”

The school, run by the Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary, has stood firm on its decision. In said the core of curriculum of Pilar College is Christian living and it is also the reason why it has Theology and Religious Studies subjects.

“Our origin is Roman Catholic and we cannot deviate from that origin. It is true we cater to students of different religions, but before they are officially enrolled, during interviews of student applicant, rules and regulations are explained to them particularly the non-wearing of the hijab or veil.”

“This way, we are giving freedom to students to choose a school which best fits them. They deemed to have agreed to the rule if after having been informed of the restriction, they still chose to enrol,” Pilar College said, adding it has the right to freely adopt its own policies, standards, regulations and sets forth its conditions for those wishing to join the community as students.

“This is part of academic freedom in connection with which the school has the right to choose whom to teach,” it said.

Pilar College said students are duty bound to follow the rules and regulations.

Article continues HERE.