Did Muslims get religious holidays canceled at SUNY-Stonybrook?

Or was it atheists? Just a question. via ¿It is the American fair thing to do¿ University cancels religious holidays ¿ but Christmas can stay | Mail Online.

Christian and Jewish students have united in their irritation at the news that the State University of New York at Stony Brook has decided to axe some of their holidays.

Classes will no longer be cancelled in recognition of their major religious celebrations.

Christmas is safe – it is protected under a union contract and occurs when classes are traditionally not in session.

But Christian students will no longer get Good Friday off, while Jewish students will lose Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover and Holy Week.

The university’s administration considered allowing faculty to schedule exams on Saturday and Sunday – a time when many students attend worship services, but it decided against the move after students protested.

Stony Brook said the change in policy had been made in an effort to ensure that some religions are not given special treatment and to ‘afford equal support and equal respect to students and faculty from all faiths’.

Charles Robbins, vice provost for undergraduate education told FOX News Radio that the move would offer ‘equal protection under the regulations to everybody and no one is getting special treatment’.

‘It’s not that we don’t recognize holidays,’ He added. ‘It’s that we don’t feel that as a secular and a state institution that we are in a position to decide which holidays to cancel classes for.

‘Now all segments of our population will be equally recognized,’ he said. ‘It really is the American fair thing to do.’

‘We’re giving more students the ability to practice their faith in any way that they see fit. While I respect everyone’s concerns, the reality is it’s a relatively small number of people who are upset.’

But students and staff have spoken out at the decision.

‘You really have to choose between my faith and my school work and I don’t want to be put in that position,’ Student Aaron Gershoff told CBS News.

Norman Goodman, a professor of sociology, told The Jewish News the policy ‘stinks’.

Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, said he thought the university’s board of trustees should conduct an investigation into the decision.

‘The goal here is radical secularism being shoved down the throats of the people at Stony Brook,’ he said.

Of Stony Brook’s 24,100 students, 50% consider themselves Christian, according to The Jewish Week. Eight percent are Muslim, five percent are Jewish, and five percent are Hindu.

Could this be a case of ‘if we can’t have it no one can?’ If so, who was behind it?

15 thoughts on “Did Muslims get religious holidays canceled at SUNY-Stonybrook?

  1. Another blatant attempt to seculalrize Americans and make religions of historical standing look offensive. We created this nation as a Judeo/Christian country, how bad is that!

  2. Who was behind it? Well, as if we didn’t know. So the bastions of “learning” have instead become hotbeds of leftist, marxist, progressive islam pushers.

    As was said last week, “our best and brightest have become our worst and most devious”.

  3. If I were a student at that university I’d cut my losses and let the muslims and liberals have it and study elsewhere.
    It’s an outrage! Are American holidays not protected by law?

    • Thanks Peg. Well the situation is still easily solved….those affected ought to stop financially supporting the university and study elsewhere.
      With 50% of their students identifying themselves as christian, this decision has the potential to be financial suicide IF the students decide to make a stand against it.

  4. You can blame the muslims and the atheists, but where muslims go, trouble ALWAYS follows. Never forget that. Never mind , the way things are going there will always be lots of muslims around to keep reminding you .

    • DON’T link Atheists to muslims–you offend me! However I do agree that wherever muslims go, trouble does indeed follow.

  5. Looking at it another way, as far as the atheists go, the battle is slanted in their favor. In order for them not to be offended, the rights of others must be breached thereby always giving the atheists their way or the win. In other words in order to appease atheist Christians must be deprived each & every time.

    These days the atheists are as bad as the muslims when it comes to complaining & whining about their rights. All they have to do is either not participate or ignore the the “religious” things that bother them. That’s what I do, I don’t wish to harm the Western culture or deprive Christians of their holidays or customs just so I can feel better. Really folks, it’s no skin off anyone’s a$$ to not say a prayer or ignore a cross in public unless you’re looking to create drama and make a point.

  6. I wonder if this University will force students to fast on Ramadan so that the Muslim students will not be forced to watch people eat?

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