Discussion in 'Business and MBA degrees' started by dlcurious, Mar 16, 2015.
God is my co-pilot?
My guess is that you have a one-seat plane.
A lot of people have an odd notion of how the first amendment applies to them. At my first civilian job post-Navy I was working as a recruiter for a staffing firm. So, this is a company that employs virtually only HR people. Keep that in mind.
Someone hired an administrative assistant who wore a hijab. Lovely woman who always did her job well. Professional and courteous (and fun to talk to) at all times. Anyway, almost immediately there was a small flurry of complaints about the hijab. The hiring manager, who happened to be an Orthodox Jew who wore a yarmulke to work, swatted most of them away almost immediately. But there was this one woman who just wouldn't let it go.
The argument she made was that the hijab violated HER religious beliefs as a Christian and that it was a reasonable accomodation for us to force the admin to remove it. To re-phrase, she felt that it was her right, based upon her religious beliefs, to deny someone else the freedom to practice her religion. She was even asked "If it was against my religion for (the hiring manager) to wear a yarmulke, should he be forced to remove it?"
Of course not! This was different because Islam isn't really a religion. Why didn't we think of that?
Long story short, woman with the hijab remained employed and the other caused us all to testify at at least four hearings before the unemployment insurance board after she was terminated for discriminatory behavior and denied benefits.
So I don't imagine I would want to stop Liberty University from believing as they want to believe. If you want to be a biologist/young earth creationist then, by all means, you have the freedom to believe whatever you like no matter how well refuted it is by actual science. But receiving public funds to engage in discriminatory behavior seems, to me at least, like forcing me to endorse that discrimination with my own money. And yeah, this would mean that a Catholic seminary might not be eligible for Title IV funds. Considering very few of those graduates will ever pay taxes, though, is that really a bad idea?
Neither would I.
I'm always mystified when someone comments on this forum how they took a course or enrolled with a program through Liberty and then they are shocked -- SHOCKED! -- that there is a Christian component to the curriculum.
If you enroll with an openly religious university, you should expect there to be at least some religious aspect to the instruction. If I enrolled with a Muslim school, I would not be surprised to find an Islamic component to the curriculum. If I enrolled with a Jewish school, I would not be surprised to find a Jewish component to the curriculum. And so forth.
For reasons that I cannot even begin to fathom, people seem to have different expectations of Liberty University.
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