The PJ Tatler

Not One Muslim Student at Catholic University Feels Aggrieved: Publicity-Seeking Law Prof Fabricated Their "Grievances"

In a pathetic admission to The Christian Post, a Muslim-grievance-chasing attorney and George Washington University law professor (I’m not mentioning his publicity-seeking name, but it’s mentioned in the linked article) admitted that he filed a  complaint alleging to represent Muslim students at Catholic University — none of whom felt the slightest grievance.

[The professor] recently filed a complaint with the D.C. Office of Human Rights against neighboring Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Because Catholic University won’t officially recognize a Muslim worship group, …[the professor] says the university violates the Human Rights Act and discriminates against Muslim students.

He also says CUA doesn’t provide a place where Muslim students can perform their daily prayers. In turn, they must use empty classrooms where there are Catholic symbols and crucifixes on the wall.

Muslim students at CUA don’t seem as bothered as [the publicity-seeking professor.] In a written statement, university President John Garvey said, “No Muslim student at Catholic University has registered a complaint with the University about the exercise of their religion on campus.”

The attorney/professor sent an email to the Catholic University’s student newspaper on September 22 seeking aggrieved Muslim students because he wanted to file a complaint that their sensitivities were offended by having to pray in empty classrooms where — shock of shocks in an institution of higher learning whose full name is The Catholic University of America — were adorned with crucifixes.  Wow, who knew?

It turns out that the university’s 122 Muslim students’ sensitivities were not offended.  They were fine with being able to pray in empty classrooms.

As Catholic University president John Garvey told The Christian Post:

“Our Catholic teaching instructs us to embrace our fellow human beings of all faith traditions…They enrich us with their presence and help to promote inter-religious and inter-cultural understanding. I regret very much that our Muslim students have been used as pawns in a manufactured controversy.”

This professor, who teaches, inter alia, tort law –the law of personal injury — once told the late Robert Novak, “Anytime I see wrongdoing, I will sue.”

Well, that’s his way of looking at reality.  Another view is that when he sees a chance to get more publicity, he presumes grievances that don’t exist.  This was a perfect example.  He has tenure, which makes him nearly impossible to fire.  Disbarment, however, might be a remedy for an attorney who has failed to persuade even one Muslim student at Catholic University that he or she was, in fact, aggrieved. It’s hard to convince the Human Rights Office when you can’t even convince your desired plaintiffs that they’ve suffered injury.

This is a repugnant misuse of a license to practice law.  That license does not confer upon an attorney the right to imagine or to dream up injuries where none exists.

So, Professor, here are 489 words about your shameless shenanigans in which I haven’t mentioned your name your name once.

Better luck next time with a more cooperative blogger.

H/t: David J. Rusin of