At University of St. Thomas, Catholics and Muslims find common ground

  • Article by: Maura Lerner , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 25, 2013 - 5:22 AM

Amid deep Catholic roots, St. Thomas makes room for Muslims to practice their faith.

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traphelerNov. 24, 13 9:37 PM

I'm really proud of St. Thomas to recognize the importance of religious diversity. A wonderful example in our community and one that should be emulated throughout our institutions at all levels.

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julio57Nov. 24, 1311:48 PM

While not a St. Thomas alum, I am proud as a Minnesotan that, as an established Catholic school that they are at least accepting of other views and beliefs. Countless other schools, on both sides both religiously and politically, could learn a lesson. Colleges are a place where ALL persuasions, viewpoints, religious, and politics should be allowed if expressed in a respectful manner.

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pinky1933Nov. 25, 13 1:42 AM

Classy move, ST; I hope more institutions follow suit, ensha-Allah!

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aqsealphaNov. 25, 13 9:38 AM

I think that this demonstrates, "Leading by example"..in the narrative of "acceptance"...This is what it is meant to be a "Christian"...Thank you St. Thomas for living my your mission.

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aviendhaNov. 25, 13 9:48 AM

I attended UST in the 1990s. Even back then, they had student groups for different religions, as well as a LGBT group. One of my good friends in the dorm was an exchange student from Cairo. She was a Muslim and taught us about her religion and allowed us to observe a prayer session. It was a beautiful ritual to watch and it has always reminded me that that is what Islam is. Some people use religion to further their own twisted agenda and ruin it for the millions and billions of people who just want to practice their faith in peace.

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mgs5150Nov. 25, 1310:18 AM

Muslims seem to want the rest of the world to adjust their cultures to fit their Islamic religious needs. If you don't make concessions, you are a hate monger and a bigot. St Thomas is a private institution, do what ever you please, but Muslims at public institutions have been demanding special treatment also and that is unacceptable. Strib never actually allows differing viewpoints on these articles, exhibit A being the 5 posts prior to mine and not one dissenter.

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cctxstarNov. 25, 1310:19 AM

St. Thomas being a saint's name is probably the least surprising element of going to school in the U.S. for Saudis. In their country they have never seen anyone practice their Christian or Jewish faith, as such practices are banned there. They have never even seen a non-Muslim praying from their holy book (The Bible), as that is also banned in their country. They must think it strange to see such tolerance and support for "diversity". Hopefully some of this culture shock will be retained when thy return to Saudi Arabia and they question why Christians and Jews are not afforded the same freedom as they are here. Well, we can hope.

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mgs5150Nov. 25, 1310:25 AM

cctxstar: One would hope, but doubtful.

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mspshadowNov. 25, 1310:51 AM

Anyone who investigates the history of the Muslim religion would be surprised to find that it had early, friendly ties to both Christianity and Judaism.

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rampalincNov. 25, 1310:52 AM

ccxstar - that would be like an American visiting Switzerland and trying to get the US govt to change it's policy of military interventions and meddling in other countries affairs.

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