When Iram Qureshi of Dublin, Ohio was dismissed from the
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine last month after having to repeat
her first year and then failing two “systems” in her second year after she
stopped attending classes, she did what any normal American Muslim woman would
seem to do these days – she called the Council
on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and sued.
Tragically, perhaps fatally one day for one of her future
patients, a Kanawha County Circuit Court judge has granted her a temporary
restraining order so that she could resume her “studies” and clinical rotation
beginning this month while her dismissal appeal is reviewed, the Charleston Gazette reports. Curiously, the Charleston Gazette waits until half-way
through their article before telling readers that the cause of her dismissal
was poor academic performance, not religious discrimination.
Her academic failure, however, hasn’t stopped her attorney,
James McQueen, from making a series of allegations of religious discrimination in
her defense, including her reluctance to conduct chest and pelvic examinations
on male subjects. She claims that her alleged persecution grew so bad, she
stopped attending classes altogether and is now forced to take anxiety
Qureshi’s pretended plight has garnered significant
attention in the medical community nationwide, with at least one medical student
online forum engaging in extensive debate about the situation, including
some of Qureshi’s classmates. Many of the participating students seem
unsympathetic to her claims for preferred treatment even beyond what many other
female Muslim students have agreed to, as the following comments represent:
I do not think it would be fair for
Muslim or any other students to be assigned to same sex partners during lab.
There are plenty of female Muslim students who have successfully completed
programs who I'm sure all have not been afforded this preference. I can see if
you choose an area of women's health as your residency, but for your 3rd and
4th year you are going to be required to treat both men and women. If it an
issue for the student not to be touched, the same argument could be made that
they would not feel comfortable touching a man, which as a student of medicine
is not feasible.
Regarding the religious issue: we
had Muslim women in my class too. I know occasionally they requested pairing
with a female, but most of the time they knew they'd have to learn how to do
techniques on male patients too so they just dealt with it. And they also were
required to test on randomly assigned partners - which could be male. No
problems. They were fully aware that medicine involved both learning about BOTH
sexes. It sounds like she was dismissed for academic reasons. I hope the school
stands their ground.
This drama is yet another episode of CAIR’s cultural
jihadist grievance theater, a widespread phenomenon I’ve reported
on previously. The medical jihad is a somewhat new phenomenon in the US,
but has already reached the level of open warfare in the UK.
For instance, earlier this year it was reported
by The Sun that Muslim medical
students were refusing new directives on washing “bare past the elbow” to
prevent the spread of aggressive “superbugs”, such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile. Reports from
Leicester, Sheffield and Birmingham Universities found female Muslim students
refusing to wash their wrists and forearms in accordance with Department of
Health guidelines – putting the lives of patients at risk (as I can personally
attest, having survived a near-fatal MRSA infection).
In that instance, the Muslim students were supported by the
spokesman of the UK Islamic Medical Association, Dr. Abdul Majid Katme, who
said, “No practicing Muslim woman doctor, medical student, nurse or patient
should be forced to bare her arms below the elbow”. An Islamonline article
on this topic quoted Muslim medical student claiming that the issue was being
used by the “racist media” to fuel religious hatred. (In fairness, the Islamic
Medical Association of North America issued a press release
expressing their disagreement with the IMA’s stance and supporting the British Department
of Health hygiene measures.)
This is not the first time that IMA’s Dr. Katme has waded
into scientific controversy. Last year he publicly urged Muslims not to
vaccinate their children against diseases, such as measles, mumps, and rubella,
condemning the practice as “un-Islamic”. “If you breastfeed your child for two years - as the Koran says - and you
eat Koranic food like olives and black seed, and you do ablution each time you
pray, then you will have a strong defence system,” he told
The Independent. Dr. Katme is a
Another disturbing pattern seen by Muslim medical
professionals in the UK is the promotion of the view that the practice of
medicine is primarily to advance the Islamic religion and to better the health
of Muslims, and not all patients, as specifically expressed in the constitution
of the Muslim Doctors and Dentists Association UK:
2. Objects and powers
2.1 The objects of the association shall be:-
2.1.1. To advance the Islamic religion in
the practice of medicine in the United Kingdom.
2.1.2. To advance medical education in relation to the doctrines, practices and
traditions of the Islamic religion.
2.1.3. To promote research in various aspects of medical science and to
disseminate and publish the useful results of such research.
2.1.4. To promote the preservation and protection of the good health of
Muslims in the United Kingdom.
No mention is made in their objectives about the preservation
and protection of non-Muslims.
As with many Islamization trends, what has begun in Europe
inevitably spreads to the US. It is also worth noting that one additional dangerous
trend amongst Muslim medical professionals – refusing to use standard alcohol
rubs – is currently an entirely Western issue as virtually all Middle Eastern
hospitals use the rubs, including 200 hospitals in the Saudi Kingdom and the
Gulf States. Even the revered medical journal, The Lancet, has spoken
out on the issue.
With that in mind, US health authorities had best begin to
address these issues of preferential accommodation and potentially lethal
claims of exception by Muslims, because as the West Virginia School of
Osteopathic Medicine situation has clearly shown, the issues are quickly
jumping the pond.
CAIR’s medical school grievance theater with respect
to Iram Qureshi’s claims of religious discrimination to mask her academic failure
and the push to Islamicize the medical field in the US and elsewhere portends
is that not all eventual victims of the “Civilizational-Jihadist Process”, aka the global jihad, will be from