Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Accommodating those opposed to gender equality?

From York University in Canada:  

After refusing to honour a male student’s request to be separated from his female classmates for religious reasons, a York University professor has found himself at odds with administrators who assert he broke their “obligation to accommodate.”

The student offered this explanation: 

“One of the main reasons that I have chosen internet courses to complete my BA is due to my firm religious beliefs, and part of that is the intermingling between men and women,” he wrote, adding “it will not be possible for me to meet in public with a group of women (the majority of my group) to complete some of these tasks.”

Prof. J. Paul Grayson, who teaches said student, responded as follows: 

The unusual request immediately troubled the professor. In a 12-page paper documenting the episode, he expressed his worry about becoming an “accessory to sexism” and, in a letter to the campus’ Centre for Human Rights, declared “I doubt that we would sanction a student refusing, for religious reasons, to interact with Blacks in classes even though Biblical justification could be found.”

More here.  

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/gender_law/2014/01/accommodating-those-opposed-to-gender-equality-.html

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