Globe and Mail: Students may be punished for observing faith regulations

This article in “Globe and Mail” says that Queen’s University is introducing language police that will prowl the campus to ensure (and/or enforce) political correctness of students’ speech. Yes, it is indeed outrageous, but what drew my attention most of all was the postscriptum to the article.

A sampling of some behaviour that could warrant attention from university-appointed student facilitators, tasked with policing students’ offensive language at Queen’s:
If a student avoids a classmate’s birthday party for faith-based reasons.

That’s rich!
First, it implies that the newly appointed vice squad has to monitor birthday invitations and any invitation issued becomes mandatory unless you prove that your reasons for avoiding it are not faith based.
Second, any person who observes Lent (which, at least in Russian Orthodox practice, includes cutting down on entertainment and certain kinds of food) or wants to go to church on Easter instead of a classmate birthday can be punished (because those are certainly faith-based reasons).
Great. What next? Expelling people from universities for religious observance? Throwing them into prison? Way to go, Queen’s University!


8 Responses to “Globe and Mail: Students may be punished for observing faith regulations”

  1. Valvs Says:

    I really hope by that last example, they actually meant a different kind of a situation, like when an RC is invited to, say, a Protestant’s birthday party, but declines the invitation citing (in an explicit way) religious differences as a reason. An “I-am-not-coming-’cause-you-are-a-” sort of thing.

  2. oryxandcrake Says:

    Last time I checked, this country had liberty of conscience. Last time I checked what liberty of conscience was, it included the right to speak freely about your religion (and actions related to it).

  3. Valvs Says:

    No one denies you your rights. Well, at least I certainly don’t :). But can’t you see a differnce between “Sorry, I can’t come because my religion prohibits any festifites during ____[fill the blank]” and “No way I am coming to your party, because you are a bloody Roman Catholic/Greek Orthodox/Mormon (etc., etc.)” In the latter case, you are not talking about YOUR religion, you are condemning the other person religion. And, as I said, I hope it is the latter situation that that last example was supposed to cover.
    Just to makes thing clear: my comment was not meant as a discussion of the whole article (for the record, I do find the whole idea of policing private conversations ridiculous). I just happen to see the intention behind the last example in the article in a different light than you do.

  4. Valvs Says:

    “Thing” should have been “things” 😦

  5. oryxandcrake Says:

    “Bloody RC” is an insult and, as such, is punishable by law. There is certainly no need for a university to introduce its own police force to ensure existing laws.

  6. Valvs Says:

    What do you know, I totally agree :).

  7. Dmitry Says:

    This “PC” bs is getting out of hand. Instead of enforcing things like that, the universities should teach students to be more tolerant and less offensive to each other.

  8. oryxandcrake Says:

    Dmitry: well’ I suppose that’s what they are trying to do, but I must say they are really bad at it

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