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University Tells Student To Remove Cross Necklace

July 2, 2013

A Sonoma State University student has filed a religious accommodation request after she said she was ordered to remove her cross necklace because it might offend other students.

That’s the first line from an article posted on Fox News Insider.

The next line is from an attorney from the group representing her -

“It’s amazing in this day of diversity and tolerance on university campuses that a university official would engage in this type of obvious religious discrimination,” said Liberty Institute attorney Hiram Sasser.

I guess the question I have to ask -
is it really amazing?

The article goes on to say how the incident was caused by a low level employee and wasn’t appropriate.

“Things like this don’t happen here,” she [university spokeswoman Susan Kashack] said. “It’s very unusual. People here are very aware of discrimination. It’s possible that political correctness got out of hand.”

It also said there was no word on disciplinary action taken - if any.

It closes with the student’s mother relaying a conversation the two of them had after the incident -

As she tried to console her daughter, Jarvis reminded her that “we are still one nation under God.”

“And she told me, ‘Mom, it doesn’t feel like that here,” Jarvis said. “Our faith was attacked. It’s unnerving. I know what’s going on in this country. I know Christianity is being attacked. Now, I know it first-hand and it sickens me and saddens me.”

Jarvis said it’s time for people of faith to take a stand.

“We need to band together as Christians and fight back,” she said.

So - we have a situation where “political correctness” gets out of hand -
a student is told she must remove her cross -
when it fact that’s not what the law or the university policy says -
but fortunately -
the situation doesn’t end there.

This student is rightfully unhappy about what happened -
she was offended by what she was told to do -
but didn’t take it silently.

The article doesn’t get into how the Liberty Institute got involved in this -
but had someone not called them -
or somehow made the information public -
the student would have just taken it off or hidden it -
and no one would know anything about it.

There’s another comment from the attorney -

“It’s unfortunate there are university officials out there who think that it’s okay to tell Christians to hide their faith – but would cringe if somebody said the same thing about hiding someone’s pride in whatever political or cultural affiliation they may have,” he told Fox News.

He talks about someone being told to hide their political or cultural affiliations.  

I think he may have missed the point -
or maybe is being a little too politically correct himself.
It’s not about political or cultural affiliations -
it’s about religion.

I work at a university -
and we have people wearing burqas -
with only the eye visible.
That’s about religion.
No one would dare to tell a Muslim student dressed like that to dress differently.

In regards to what was said in the article -

The fact that things like this happen should not be a surprise to any Christian.  Jesus said it would happen.  One of may places is in The Beatitudes - Matthew 5:1-12 -

Mt 5:11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  

Mt 5:12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

In that same section - Jesus also says -

Mt 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Mt 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Notice - Jesus doesn’t say “blessed are those that band together and fight back”.

So - if you’re thinking she means be violent -
or start riots -
anything like literally “fighting” - violence of any kind -
I really don’t think that’s what she’s saying.

However -

We - as Christians -
we need to know what we stand for -
we need to take a stand when someone -
even if that someone appears to be “an institution” (which is made of of someone-s) -
and not quietly submit and begin to worship their gods.

Unlike the god’s of some religions -
who need people to fight for them -
our Christian God can - and will - take care of Himself.

All He asks is that we believe in Him -
believe that Jesus died for our sins -
try our best to follow Him -
and to
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

That’s it.

Everything else will follow from that.

But -
if we don’t know where we should stand -
and refuse to stand - even when we do know where / how to stand -
then -
are we doing what we should do?

I’d say - no.

This student took a stand.

Her mother supported her stand.

What would you do?

Would you be involved?

Would you take a stand?