Oregon State University: Students asked not to eat in “shared spaces” during Ramadan so as to avoid offending Muslims
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Jihad Watch : “Ramadan Mubarak! Try to avoid eating in shared spaces especially if
your food has a strong smell. Thanks for being considerate!” Being considerate is good. But here once again, as always, the consideration goes only one way.
“Students asked not to eat smelly food in library to respect peers observing Ramadan,” by Michael Jones, College Fix, June 5, 2018 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
A whiteboard message at Oregon State University’s library
asks students to try to avoid eating foods, especially smelly foods, in
shared spaces to be considerate of those who are observing Ramadan.The
Muslim holy month this year runs from about May 15 to June 14. During
this period, Muslims are obligated to fast from dawn until sunset.
Presumably, the sign was made to encourage non-observers to not eat
foods with strong smells because it would make Muslim students’ hunger
worse, or that it might be disrespectful.
“Ramadan Mubarak! Try to avoid eating in shared spaces especially if
your food has a strong smell,” the message said. “Thanks for being
considerate!” In addition, the University Housing and Dining Services at Oregon
State is also making concessions for those observing Ramadan. Many
dining halls on campus extended their dining hours later into the night
to around 9:30 or 10:00 p.m., past their 8 p.m. normal closing time, to
give observers more places to eat after the sun goes down, according to The Daily Barometer. The dining halls will still open at their normal opening time of 7 a.m.
Of the roughly 24,000-plus students at Oregon State, the Muslim
population on campus is around 1,500, according to Mohammad Shakibnia,
the public relations and outreach officer for the Muslim Student
Association, in an interview with The Daily Barometer. The Muslim Student Association declined to comment to The College Fix.
The College Fix made multiple attempts to reach out to
university chief spokesman Steve Clark but did not get a response in
time for the publication of this article.