J. Paul Grayson, a sociology professor at York University, received a student request to be excused from some course work. The student making the request didn’t want to interact with females on religious grounds. Dr. Grayson denied the request.
But he was over-ruled by York University administration and told to accommodate the students religion-based request. York’s Rhonda Lenton affirmed the university’s commitment to “gender equity, inclusivity and diversity” but stood by the decision in the name of “religious accommodation”. This only affirms Christopher Hitchens observation that you can get away with the most extraordinary offences if you can just get yourself called pastor. Religious accommodation of this sort is nothing more than sanctioning religious bigotry. Read the rest of this entry »