Thursday, May 15, 2008

Muslims And Dogs

(With a hat-tip to The Merry Widow, who emailed me the first link in this posting)

Tyler Hurd and Emmitt

We infidels have heard numerous stories about how Muslims hate dogs, even the very sight of a dog. From this article in World Net Daily comes another such story:
Muslim threats force out
disabled teacher with dog
Islamic students reportedly taunted 'unclean' animal

A Muslim high school student's intolerance for a service dog needed by a student teacher with a disability has reportedly prompted the student teacher to abandon the last 10 hours of his scheduled assignment at Technical High School in St. Cloud, Minn.

The St. Cloud Times online said the situation developed with student teacher Tyler Hurd, 23, of Mahtomedi, who hopes to teach special education.

He's a student at St. Cloud State University, and was assigned to Technical High School in the St. Cloud district for his 50 hours of student teaching, and took with him his service dog, Emmitt.

The newspaper said Hurd needs a service dog because of a childhood injury that leaves him with seizures, sometimes happening as often as weekly. The black lab is trained to protect Hurd when he has a seizure.

The school district told the newspaper it wasn't really a threat.

"I think it was a misunderstanding where we didn't really prepare either side for possible implications," Julia Espe, curriculum director for the public schools, said.

Hurd, however, reported a student threatened to kill his dog. He said the threat came from a Somali student who is Muslim.


A meeting was set up involving Kate Steffens, the dean of education at St. Cloud State, and assistant principal Lori Lockhart of Tech, in order to avoid future problems.

"We certainly welcome (Hurd) in our district, and we hope we can get this all resolved so he feels welcome and his dog is welcome," Espe said.
Oh, really, Ms. Espe? Considering Muslim dogophobia, just how will such "future problems" be avoided? By locking away service dogs such as Emmitt in some isolated corner of the campus and having a human escort for Mr. Hurd from the dog's confinement point to the work Mr. Hurd does?

From the above-cited article, the following comment demonstrates a laudatory anti-dhimmitudinal attitude:
On the newspaper's forum, "scorpionthoughts" said: "The last time I checked this is the United States of America!!!!! So many people are getting shipped over here and expect to be treated like they and their beliefs are better …. If you don't like the way things are in this country – stay in your own … place of origin!!!"
Kudos to you, Scorpionthoughts!

In addition the above information comes the following about the role of service dogs in assisting human beings who suffer from seizures:
Seizure dogs can help when a family member is having a seizure. A few dogs may even be able to predict when people will have a seizure.


...Some dogs have been trained to bark or otherwise alert families when a child has a seizure while playing outside or in another room. Some dogs learn to lie next to someone having a seizure to prevent injury....
As King of SCSU Scholars stated regarding the situation with Hurd and his service dog Emmitt:
One would think that the Americans with Disabilities Act would allow this student to participate to the fullest extent possible in pursuing his goals...
Still, Tyler Hurd seems to have stopped short of finishing his student teaching at Technical High School — all because some Somali Muslim suffers from dogophobia (or claims to, anyway). Furthermore, Islam does allow for work dogs, and Emmitt, being a service dog certainly qualifies as a work dog, even if he isn't herding goats.

Muslims need to get over themselves.

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posted by Always On Watch @ 5/15/2008 06:14:00 AM