After the request for a Muslim payer room in the Antonine University was declined, 37 Muslim students decided to perform their prayers in the inner courtyard in front of the management offices and the church of the university. The Antonine university replied back by saying that they are following the directives of the Maronite Antonine Order’s General Presidency and there were no negociations concerning this matter.
Long story made short The Antonine University is a private, Christian, Catholic, Maronite, open, which receives students from different religions, rites and social backgrounds as long as they do not compromise the fundamentals and history of its monastic identity.
What exactly are we supposed to think of this? Religious entities have built universities, schools, orphanages, cultural centers etc… but we also have secular ones. I know that for students of a different religion from the institution they are attending are not obligated with its religious courses and activities.
Should the Islamic University in Lebanon be asked to host a chapel should they have a number of Christian students? Should every university have chapels for both religions? But isn’t going to one university rather than the other a choice?
What do you think?