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Minority Accomodations: "an excuse to do nothing"

Yes, it's FOX news, but if it was a normal network reporting it, nothing controversial gets said.

University of Missouri has added guidelines for non-Abrahamic religions to its manual, including telling professors not to schedule major deadlines or exams on the most important holidays, and advising which are minor ones that it's allowed to work, but other restrictions may be going on that would impact the students or facutly involved(fasting, etc)

So, of course, some "this is a Christian nation" style talking head has to comment on how horrible it is, nevermind that about a fifth of the students there are non-Abrahamic, and a good chunk are international students from Asian countries that are primarily Hindu, Taoist, Buddhist, etc.  Rather than acknowledge that, she says this:

"Tammy Bruce, radio host of the nationally syndicated “Tammy Bruce Show” and Fox News contributor, said she found the guide to be indicative of an unbecoming societal shift.

“It almost seems as though we’re looking for excuses for people to not have to take their commitments seriously,” Bruce told “It’s beyond political correctness; it’s almost like an excuse to do nothing. It’s like societal nihilism, where nothing matters.”

So if it's just looking for excuses, should we not then go ahead and schedule exams and deadlines on Christmas and Easter and Good Friday, too?

(also interesting - the bulk of the holidays used as exampe are Abrahamic, but non-Christian, or Asian, only one Wiccan example is listed, but the headline screams Wiccan and Pagan - so is FOX suggesting anyone not a Christian is a Pagan?)


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Asked by NotPanicking at 1:22 PM on Feb. 18, 2013 in Religious Debate

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  • I'm Christian, but I don't have a problem with exams not taking place on other religious holidays besides Christian ones, especially if many of the students are non-Christians. Tammy Bruce seems to have her head up her butt.

    And all non-Christians arent pagan, that's ridiculous.

    Answer by Ballad at 1:30 PM on Feb. 18, 2013

  • I don't know. I think it's kind of ridiculous to try to avoid scheduling things on holidays for every religion - I'm sure, if you tried hard enough, you could probably find some religious holiday for every day of the year. I can see allowing someone to make up an exam scheduled on a religious holiday for them. To me, that's just right. But it sounds like this might be going over the top a bit.

    Answer by wendythewriter at 1:32 PM on Feb. 18, 2013

  • Good for them... about time someone realizes Christianity isn't the only thing out there that is important to people. Their way is not the only way... 


    Answer by Crafty26 at 1:44 PM on Feb. 18, 2013

  • Exactly what Crafty said ^^^^

    Answer by m-avi at 1:55 PM on Feb. 18, 2013

  • i cant help but wonder if the Fox News talking heads are really that dim or if they know they have to talk a certain way to stay on Fox News (cause they pander to the farfarfar religious right). no one could really be that stupid...sigh (i know, i know)

    did FN even look at the suggestions? cause they include Christian holidays too. having looked at the suggestions they are just that, suggestions. things for professors to take into account when they plan events & activities, it didnt say anything about tests. it just looks like Mizzou wants to give their professors a heads up for when students may need to make other arrangements for whatever.

    bruce is a doesnt say those kids are allowed to "do nothing". it just says "these are the holy days of faiths, so dont be a jerk."

    Answer by okmanders at 1:56 PM on Feb. 18, 2013

  • oh and to answer your last question. yes, some very conservative Christians do believe that anything that isnt Protestant Christian is Pagan. sad...

    Answer by okmanders at 1:57 PM on Feb. 18, 2013

  • Suddenly having religious conviction means wanting to sit around and do nothing? Just because that's what some Christians do on their religious time off doesn't mean all people are limp in their convictions.
    Sheesh some people need a new brain.

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 3:07 PM on Feb. 18, 2013

  • Bruce made an idiotic comment. There are lazy Christians, as wel as lazy people of all other faiths. Some take their holidays seriously; some sit around and do nothing on their time off. That's the way it has always been and the way it always will be.

    Answer by Ballad at 4:52 PM on Feb. 18, 2013

  • MamaK88

    Answer by MamaK88 at 5:07 PM on Feb. 18, 2013

  • I think it's good to be considerate of other peoples religious beliefs whenever possible. For the most part dates and tests are put off for all kinds of reasons so why not religious ones also.


    Answer by RyansMom001 at 5:09 PM on Feb. 18, 2013

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