Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Worthless Sons of Bitches

Got this from Beth, who seems to want to get my blood pressure WAY up.


Update: University Committee Approves Bible Study Ban
By Nathan Burchfiel
CNSNews.com Correspondent
January 18, 2006

(CNSNews.com) - A committee formed to examine bans on employee-led Bible studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UWEC) last week recommended that the university system president allow the bans to continue.


Ok, I knew about this a while back but I figured that the U. would mind its own damn business when it came to students free time, or more accurately the resident assistant's free time.

In a Jan. 11 report, the committee of administrators and students recommended that University of Wisconsin System President Kevin Reilly allow the university's campuses to ban student employees from leading Bible studies in their university-funded dormitories.


Despite the fact that they are not on University time when they hold these and its not like you have to show up for them. In fact the only reason they don't like them is that they "might make students not want to bring problems to them". If you feel uncomfortable that the dorm headman is studying the Bible with a bunch of his buddies, your an idiot. Damn libtard dweebs.

Reilly formed the group in December after Lance Steiger, a Christian resident assistant (RA) at the Eau Claire campus, filed a federal lawsuit against the school charging that its ban on dormitory-based Bible study violated his free expression of religion.


You can bet there will be "repercussions", even if he loses horribly.

RAs "can participate in, organize, or lead meetings as long as they don't use their position to inappropriately influence, pressure, or coerce student residents to attend," the university report states. It does not explain what inappropriate influence means.


What they mean by it is anything that might offend someone somewhere unless it is NOT Christianity or conservatism.

The group's findings, which Reilly must endorse if they are to become official university policy, state that the university "has the right to establish reasonable restrictions on RA activities" and "the determination of where the meetings may be held has been left to the discretion of the individual institutions."


Translated that means any of the Universities can say what you can and cannot do for religious activities as long as you live in their dorms.

If approved by Reilly, the policy would allow the Eau Claire and Madison campuses of the University of Wisconsin to continue enforcing their pre-existing bans on RA-led Bible studies, at least until the Steiger lawsuit is decided.


And they will do their damnedest to make sure that even if he wins you still can't hold a Bible study.

Greg Lukianoff, interim president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which is backing Steiger, said he wasn't sure why the university committee recommended support for the bans.


He probably has some REAL good guesses, though.

"Certainly from where I'm standing it looks like there's been an awful lot of response to this case," Lukianoff said, pointing to "an awful lot of angry phone calls and e-mails by regular citizens to the university, but also state political involvement too."


DUH! A direct violation of a students activities on his own time? Yeah, that is going to upset quite a few people around here.

The case has prompted U.S. Rep. Mark Green, a Wisconsin Republican, to voice his support for Steiger and other religious RAs in a letter to Reilly Jan. 13. "While I am glad the working group did not directly reaffirm the current ban on Bible studies by RAs in their dorm rooms," Green wrote, "I am extremely disappointed that it fell short of explicitly guaranteeing this Constitutional right."


Never expect libtards to understand the concept of "Constitutional Rights".

Green added, "Any policy that doesn't specifically affirm the right of RAs to hold private, non-mandatory Bible studies in their room is unacceptable and I urge you to reject it."


That would be because, if it isn't written in plain English, they will either, A: Weasel out of it, or, B: Ignore it completely.

Lukianoff also expressed concern that the UWEC Office of Housing and Residence Life was promoting what he called a double standard because it "likes and endorses ... public and official politicized events, but doesn't seem to want to tolerate private religious expression."


No shit, Sherlock.

The UWEC office sponsors a student group called Making Our School an Intercultural Community, which organizes productions of the controversial feminist play, "The Vagina Monologues."


Warning! Leftists reside here!

The student group also organized a presentation of the "Tunnel of Oppression," an exhibit at campuses nationwide that exposed students to graphic depictions of racial and sexual oppression. Cybercast News Service reported on the University of Maryland's version of the "Tunnel of Oppression" in May 2005.


How about the rights of RAs? They are oppressed, oh wait, they are oppressed by the school board, never mind.

Reilly has not announced when he will make a final decision regarding the new policies at the University of Wisconsin. Representatives from his office did not return repeated calls requesting comment for this article. Meanwhile, the website outlining the recommendations welcomes feedback from the public.


He will probably make a decision when the heat dies down, and he can get away with leaving the ban in place.

3 Comments:

Blogger Beth said...

me? get your bp up? Nah... not me...

12:23 PM  
Blogger Wes said...

Man, when the hell are people going to understand the difference between "freedom of religion" (the right to practice [or not] a religion, as we each see fit), and "freedom FROM religion"?

*purely retorical question - of course the answer is B*. ;^)

3:28 PM  
Blogger Deathknyte said...

Personally, I don't care what a person belives as long as they don't try and force me to belive it too. If they want to have naked dancing in the town square, go for it. Just dont expect me to watch... Unless your hot.

6:04 PM  

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