University Meditation Room in Flint Becomes Contested Space

May 23, 2005

Source: The Flint Journal

On May 23, 2005 The Flint Journal reported, "a room for peaceful reflection and prayer at the University of Michigan-Flint has become anything but. Instead, Room 386 at the University Center - known as the Meditation Room - is at the heart of a months-long religious dispute between Muslim and non-Muslim students. The non-Muslims began complaining in November that Muslim students were monopolizing the room and filling the tiny space with religious paraphernalia and anti-Israel literature. The Muslim students countered that they were being unfairly targeted and appealed to the university for religious tolerance."