Another University Plays the Political Correctness Card
March 21, 2012 Leave a comment
Radical secularists have been gnawing at the heals of religious people in this country for quite sometime in this country. People of faith are innately tolerant by the virtues of their own faith in this country, and it’s often why they come under attack the most.
There’s an old line that describes the situation with anything in life – if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Well at Stony Brook, they did exactly that, behind the backs of the majority of the student body. For decades, the school calendar has included recesses from the normal class schedule on the two most important holidays in the Jewish Faith: Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanna. They have also scheduled the spring break to coincide with holy week – an extremely holy week on the Jewish Calander and the holiest week on the Christian Calander.
Effective in September, classes will be held during all of these times. Perhaps the most egregious offense by the university is to move the spring break week to makes sure it deliberately does not coincide with holy week. That time Jews and Christians use to spend with their families will stunningly be erased.
It could be argued that optional days be made of the two Jewish holidays in the beginning of the year, but the game changer for me is what they have decided to do with holy week . It’s spring break week, to people who don’t have a faith it doesn’t matter when that week is held. Therefore, only people of faith have punitive impacts from this. This is coming on a public campus, who’s student body identifies nearly 50% of itself with some form of Christianity, and if you add Judaism it’s over half.
This is a war on religion. Here’s the explanation from the university on why they are doing this:
New York’s Stony Brook University has decided to no longer cancel classes for major Christian and Jewish holidays in an effort to ensure that some religions aren’t given special treatment and to “afford equal support and equal respect to students and faculty from all faiths.”