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    Religious Accommodation at York

    Americans would not have heard of this but recently at a university here in Canada called York University (one of the better universities) fulfilled a request form a student that he not have to interact with female students due to religious reasons. It is an online course with an in-class component that would have required him to work with other students. The professor refused to do it at first but was then forced to accept it. This decision instantly gained a lot of criticism from various critics including federal Justice Minister Peter McKay, calling it sexist and religious accommodation going too far. This has sparked debate about how far will religious accommodation go.

    I have to agree with the critics and the government, this is pure sexism and it has taken religious accommodation way too far. The York University staff should have just thrown the request back in the student's face and if he doesn't like it he doesn't have to go to university or preferably move to a country where that attitude is more tolerated. I would like to know what you think about this and if indeed religious accommodation has gone too far.

    This article is from the Globe and Mail and can be found here or any other Canadian news site for that matter.

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    Re: Religious Accommodation at York

    I don't agree with the government decision for Canada nor would I agree with it here. If he wants a girl free zone, he can attend a college or university that isn't coed, that simple.

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    Re: Religious Accommodation at York

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    I don't agree with the government decision for Canada nor would I agree with it here. If he wants a girl free zone, he can attend a college or university that isn't coed, that simple.
    What do you mean?

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    Re: Religious Accommodation at York

    There's more to the story here than is being portrayed in the OP.

    1. The student requested the accommodation, the professor declined, and the student accepted that decision - all done in a highly professional manner.

    2. The professor informed the "politically correct department" at the university and the legal and human rights toadies decided that Canadian law required that the student be accommodated. The professor refused. The student did not appeal the decision of the professor, he was not at fault - the PC clowns decided they needed to flex their muscles and so intervened on the part of a student that didn't ask for their intervention.

    3. To my knowledge, the professor has not given in, but perhaps there's new information I've missed.

    4. As the professor says, he has a daughter and he would not want her to attend any university where she may be segregated from the learning environment/structure simply because of antiquated, sexist, religious nonsense.
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    Re: Religious Accommodation at York

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    I don't agree with the government decision for Canada nor would I agree with it here. If he wants a girl free zone, he can attend a college or university that isn't coed, that simple.
    Once again you jump against "government" without reading. It was the dean that forced the acceptance of the request, not the government. Seems a federal justice disagrees with segregation, though I don't see that his opinion is one of weight at this time, nor does it imply he's speaking for the government as yet since it seems to not be in the courts yet.
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    Re: Religious Accommodation at York

    Quote Originally Posted by Carjosse View Post
    What do you mean?
    Sorry, I meant the Dean who made the decision to honor this student's request

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    Re: Religious Accommodation at York

    I think this may surprise many, but I have to say that the University made the wrong decision. If this individual does not want to interact with female students, he can seek out a male-only college, or enroll himself in online classes which do not have a classroom component. If this university is funded (partially or in full) by government money, then his request is not within acceptable limits.

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    Re: Religious Accommodation at York

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    Once again you jump against "government" without reading. It was the dean that forced the acceptance of the request, not the government. Seems a federal justice disagrees with segregation, though I don't see that his opinion is one of weight at this time, nor does it imply he's speaking for the government as yet since it seems to not be in the courts yet.
    He just typed the wrong thing.

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    Re: Religious Accommodation at York

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    I think this may surprise many, but I have to say that the University made the wrong decision. If this individual does not want to interact with female students, he can seek out a male-only college, or enroll himself in online classes which do not have a classroom component. If this university is funded (partially or in full) by government money, then his request is not within acceptable limits.
    Almost all universities including all the good ones are publicly funded. I have never heard of a male-only college.

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    Re: Religious Accommodation at York

    Quote Originally Posted by Carjosse View Post
    He just typed the wrong thing.
    Yeah, right....
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