"unclean" thoughts

Here's something Coco is not happy about.

A student teacher in St. Cloud who had a service dog was harrassed by a Muslim student who threatened to kill his dog -- apparently because they thought the animal was "unclean." (According to the article, "the Muslim faith, which is the dominant faith of Somali immigrants, forbids the touching of dogs.")

How being forbidden to touch translates into threatening to kill I'm not sure. At any rate, the school (naturally) failed to back the student teacher:

...They upheld the rights of the side that threatened capitulation or violence. Instead of expelling the student for his threat and making an example of him, they chose to coddle the student and chase the teacher out of his job. Afterwards, they issued the normal multi-culti mewlings of "misunderstanding", "growth process", and emphasizing respect for different cultures.

I've got a suggestion: how about teaching that respect to the people who issue threats, instead of their victims? Which person needed an object lesson in respect more, the Somali student or [teacher] Tyler Hurd?

I especially agree with the conclusion:
We have laws in this country, decided on by democratically-elected representatives. If Muslims don't like these access [to service dog] laws, then let them elect representatives that will reverse them, or failing that, go back to Somalia where violence trumps the law and they would be more comfortable. Shame, shame on Technical High School for buckling under to thugs and abandoning their responsibilities in such a cowardly manner.
Absolutely right.

(The whole thing makes me wonder what will happen when Muslim students threaten to kill gay teachers....)

posted by Eric on 05.13.08 at 04:48 PM


I'll tell you precisely what will happen.

The gay teacher will be relocated "for his own safety".

Wanna know why?

Because gay guys aren't going around chopping people's heads off!

Maybe we'll get lucky and the first one they try it with is NRA. But I wouldn't hold my breath.

brian   ·  May 13, 2008 5:10 PM

I do hope the student teacher has attained suitable legal representation. Someone(s) need to get their asses handed to them.

joated   ·  May 13, 2008 9:47 PM

"We have laws in this country, decided on by democratically-elected representatives. If Muslims don't like these access [to service dog] laws, then let them elect representatives that will reverse them[.]"

I respectfully but emphatically disagree. It would not be proper in any fashion to have Sharia (or anything else) use democracy to trump liberty. Down that road lie things like Jim Crow laws.

Joe R.   ·  May 13, 2008 11:44 PM

Ooh, ooh, I'd pay money to watch that one.

But likely the gay teacher will be forced out of the school. Because in the Lefty hierarchy of Vics, Muslims top the chart.

(I wonder whether it is possible for Christians/Jews/Buddhists/Hindus/Zoroastrians/Wiccans to play the game the way Muslims do - blow stuff up and whatnot - and what would happen afterwards)

Gregory   ·  May 14, 2008 3:59 AM

Gregory - no, they wouldn't succeed - Because people know that violent people from those groups are exceptions, and do not have even more extreme warlike friends overseas. Such violence would be used to further condemn those religions for being violent, not because anyone thinks they really are as violent as foreign Muslims, but because it would be a handy stick to beat the others with.

Yes, the irony is approaching psychotic levels. Your attempting to apply consistent standards in these discussions will cause you great psychic pain, young Padawan.

Assistant Village Idiot   ·  May 14, 2008 11:20 AM

Is it in poor taste to point out how fitting it is that Somali students might be attracted to Technical High School? Somalia is famous for its technicals, after all, though the word has a slightly different meaning over there.

P. Aeneas   ·  May 14, 2008 11:36 AM

I am curious if the teacher has any legal recourse under the Americans with Disabilites Act?

BackwardsBoy   ·  May 14, 2008 12:13 PM

There are entirely too many threats of violence being made in America today, in universities and elsewhere. The relevant laws need to be reviewed, strengthened if necessary, and rigorously enforced.

david foster   ·  May 14, 2008 5:30 PM

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