"Tolerance" Doesn't Extend to Christians
August 31, 2011
"This reaching-out to other cultures while pushing away the host culture took a particularly bizarre form at a nearby college about fifteen years ago when a Protestant chapel was being built."
by Paul Gottfried
August 30, 2011
( Excerpt from "More Tales from the Collegiate Looney Bin")
I've recently started recovering from forty years among pseudo-academic weirdos in the collegiate loony bin.
One persistent aspect of modern college life is its obvious loathing for anything that smacks of Christianity.
This includes whiting out Christian symbols and references to Christian holidays from the academic landscape.
In the fall of 2006, a bronze cross was carted out of Wren Chapel at William and Mary lest it cause offense to unidentified spectators.
Faculty members I've had the misfortune of knowing usually vibrate with excitement at such displays of sensitivity, and whenever the possibility exists for replacing "Christmas greetings" with "Have a blessed Kwanzaa," "Peace to you on Ramadan," or an inspirational listing of white racist sins, academics will run to make this happen.
Staff members once changed a "Yule Bowl Party" to a "Season's Greeting Festival," arguing that "Yule" references were an affront to non-Westerners. Perhaps an itinerant Hindu would wander into the gathering and go bonkers at the mention of something once associated with Christianity.
This reaching out to other cultures while pushing away the host culture took a particularly bizarre form at a nearby college about fifteen years ago when a Protestant chapel was being built.
Plans had been made to crown the newly constructed steeple with a simple cross to indicate a Christian house of worship at what was then a quasi-denominational institution.
But this was not permitted to transpire because a Jewish faculty member protested mightily against the blood-curdling symbol. It seems the cross reminded her of the Holocaust, an association that is perhaps understandable given that authors who are abundantly present in college libraries always make the same dubious connection.
The proper answer in this instance would have been to tell the employee to look elsewhere for a job if she found Christian symbols so intolerable. Instead, the "cross was reconsidered"--that is, replaced by a less offensive spherical object.
Holocaust Lady found a Cross reminded her of the holocaust? Presumably in the sense that it was hundreds of thousands of Christians who gave their lives to end National Socialism? I've been to the cemetery at Normandy - it is a sea of Crosses with a tiny few Star of Davids...apparently the unlucky ones who couldn't wrangle their way into the Coast Guard (known derisively during the war as Abey's Navy).
Rather than hysterically protesting against a Cross on a chapel, it would be easier if she just said "Thank You".
[Makow comment: "a sea of Crosses" - doesn't that count as a Holocaust?"]
The first effect of not believing in God is to believe in anything: ' -- G.K. Chesterton
Let's get one thing straight, right from the start. No Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist amongst us has any reason to object to the traditional celebration of Christmas. And, in my experience, they don't. The only ethnics I have ever seen getting all fired up about Christmas celebrations are Jews. Why? Who knows...maybe the Talmud can enlighten us on that one. Don't believe all this guff about Muslims objecting to Christmas. Take a trip to (predominantly Muslim) Malaysia in December and you'll find the department store jingles just as irritating as in any NY or London emporium. It's the Jews, stupid!