University Cancels Observance of Jewish, Christian Holidays to Make Muslim Students ‘Equally Recognized’
Officials at New York’s Stony Brook University chose to cancel observance of major Christian and Jewish holidays, calling it unfair that the school has never recognized Muslim and Buddhist holidays.
“As a state-funded university our priority must be to maximize instructional opportunities for our students…Now all segments of our population will be equally recognized,” said Charles Robbins, vice provost for undergraduate education, according to Fox News.
Critics of the decision note that the school’s demographics don’t justify the move, as the majority of the school’s students are Christian. “The goal here is radical secularism being shoved down the throats of the people at Stony Brook,” said Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League.
Rabbi Joseph Topek wrote a complaint letter on behalf of university chaplains of all religions, stating that: “This will be seen as making Stony Brook a less tolerant community that seeks conformity over diversity.”