Editorial: Accessible religious spaces on campus are key

Renovations to the ablutions room—a space used by students to wash themselves before prayer—on the second floor of the University Centre began over a year ago in order to upgrade both the men’s and women’s facilities and to make them more accessible. With many students from various religions, it’s important that spaces available on Carleton’s campus for prayer are accessible and clean. But, despite plans to include four accessible foot baths in the men’s ablution room, none were planned to be installed in the women’s ablution room (which is actually located inside a washroom on the second floor). Back in March, then-Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) president Fahd Alhattab told The Charlatan that the changes would  make “the men and […]

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Opinion: Jewish students were left out of Panda

Panda Game is one of the most awaited days of the entire Carleton University school year. It is the day when the University of Ottawa Gee Gees face our Carleton Ravens in a legendary football game. For the last four years, Carleton has brought the cup home along with immense school spirit. It is a holiday, a school-wide gathering, and a celebration all wrapped into one. However, this year, the Panda Game happened during a real, United Nations-recognized holiday: Yom Kippur. This holiday is the holiest day of the Jewish year. It is a time when Jewish people fast all day to repent their sins and enjoy a big, festive dinner with their families in the evening. But how will […]

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Letter: Religious rights shouldn’t override women’s rights

RE: March for Life is about preserving humanity, June 28-July 26 The nonsensical notion that life begins at conception is a religious conceit. If your faith is such that you believe that a child exists from the moment of conception then it’s your right to make your own decisions about your health and physical autonomy based on that. But, as with so many things that are part of personal faith, when people seek to impose those beliefs on others, it ceases to become a matter of faith and then becomes an issue of systemic and cultural oppression. The freedom of religion identified in the Fundamental Freedoms section of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms applies to protect the freedom […]

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Letter: Head coverings have a place in high fashion

Being a non-believer, I tend to tread lightly when discussing religious garments, in worries of offending anyone due to my lack of knowledge on the topic. However, it saddens me that nowadays, wearing garments and clothing that clearly identify one’s religion attracts a disproportionate backlash. Out of the variety of religious garments that adorn the bodies of men and women, hijabs, burkas, and abayas often seem to be of most controversy. This type of apparel is usually not what comes to mind when western high fashion is of interest, despite their popularity. Western designers who create the most luxurious and elegant collections should cater to those from opposite ends of the world. Not only would this diversify the fashion industry, […]

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Letter: Palestine mural defacement was motivated by hate

Carleton takes pride in the multiculturalism within its student body. However, acts like the defacement of the Palestine mural in the tunnels reveal the intolerance underlying our campus community and greater society. Many of us dream of a harmonious society where we accept one another and our differences. While there’s no doubt we have made progress, there is still work to be done. We don’t all need to share the same political and religious views, but our differences should be respected. Defacing a mural that symbolizes home and identity for many students on campus is disheartening and creates an unsafe environment. Associating the Dome of the Rock, an Islamic shrine in Jerusalem, with ISIS is racist and Islamophobic. To see […]

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