Skip to comments.University Tells Student to Remove Cross Necklace (Because it might offend other students)
Posted on 07/02/2013 8:46:51 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
A Sonoma State University student has filed a religious accommodation request after she said she was ordered to remove her cross necklace because it might offend other students.
Its amazing in this day of diversity and tolerance on university campuses that a university official would engage in this type of obvious religious discrimination, said Liberty Institute attorney Hiram Sasser.
The Liberty Institute is representing Audrey Jarvis, 19, a liberal arts major at the northern California university.
On June 27, Jarvis was working for the universitys Associated Students Productions at a student orientation fair for incoming freshmen. During the event, her supervisor directed her to remove the cross necklace.
Sasser said the supervisor told her that the chancellor had a policy against wearing religious items and further explained that she could not wear her cross necklace because it might offend others, it might make incoming students feel unwelcome, or it might cause incoming students to feel that ASP was not an organization they should join.
My initial reaction was one of complete shock, Jarvis told Fox News. I was thrown for a loop.
Jarvis said she is a devout Catholic, and she wears the cross as a symbol of her faith in Christ.
I was offended because I believe as a Christian woman it is my prerogative to display my faith any way I like so long as it is not harming anyone else, she said. I was very hurt and felt as if the universitys mission statement -- which includes tolerance and inclusivity to all -- was violated.
On a second encounter, her supervisor told her she should hide the cross under her shirt or remove it.
At that point, Jarvis became so upset she left her student worker job early.
Sasser, who is representing the college student, said the university should apologize for its actions.
Its unfortunate there are university officials out there who think that its okay to tell Christians to hide their faith -- but would cringe if somebody said the same thing about hiding someones pride in whatever political or cultural affiliation they may have, he told Fox News.
He said the law is clear on the matter -- "state employees may wear crosses while they are performing their duties as long as the wearing does not interfere with the employees' duties or harm the employer's business interests."
University spokeswoman Susan Kashack confirmed to Fox News that the incident occurred and expressed extreme regret.
Someone who works here was concerned that the cross might be off-putting to students who are coming to campus for the first time, she said.
Kashack said the supervisor was completely wrong.
It was absolutely an inappropriate action for him to make that request of her, she said.
Kashack said Sonoma State President Ruben Arminana was angered by the incident, and they are trying to contact Jarvis so they can apologize.
The president was very upset about it and asked me to contact Miss Jarvis and give a profuse apology, she said.
She said they have spoken with the employee involved in the incident but wont reveal the contents of their discussion or whether he was punished.
Things like this dont happen here, she said. Its very unusual. People here are very aware of discrimination. Its possible that political correctness got out of hand.
Audreys mother Debbie told Fox News she was devastated when she heard what happened to her daughter.
Shes a strong Christian, a faith-filled young woman who spent her summers at Catholic camp, Jarvis said. Shes just full of the Lord.
Audrey called her parents after she was told to remove the cross, and Mrs. Jarvis recalled an emotional conversation.
She doesnt wear the cross as a fashion statement, she said. Its a statement of her faith.
As she tried to console her daughter, Jarvis reminded her that we are still one nation under God.
And she told me, Mom, it doesnt feel like that here, Jarvis said. Our faith was attacked. Its unnerving. I know whats going on in this country. I know Christianity is being attacked. Now, I know it first-hand and it sickens me and saddens me.
Jarvis said its time for people of faith to take a stand.
We need to band together as Christians and fight back, she said.
Remove your cross but feel free to wear a burka!
Damnable and detestable traitors populate our colleges. When the revolution comes I sure hope that the Patriots don’t forget to clean out these nests of vipers.
A sad day in America. I was in a restaurant recently where I saw a young teen wearing a rosary as a fashion accessory and I was very sad indeed to see it not used as a prayer assistance.
The “supervisor” who ordered the removal of the cross should be fired.
I can just imagine what would happen to me if I asked to have it removed or covered up.
No Cross, no Star of David - lest we offend the mussies. Atheists can’t complain anymore since they’ve their own symbol now.
The college was probably more concerned about the potential for false advertising lawsuits. After all, if an incoming student saw someone wearing a cross, they might (incorrectly) get the impression the college believed in truth and morality.
They issued “a Profuse apology”.
They only did this because they are concerned about a “profuse lawsuit”.
Exactly. Doesn't say anything about that in the article.
Is there no student with a burka or a chadoor? I find those deeply offensive.
but the teacher didn’t mind offendign hte child with the cross- swell
Any word on those stupid rainbow flags and stickers? They offend me.
Astonishing that the ‘tolerance’ of Christians towards non-Christians has led to a situation where Christians are outcasts in the country built on our sweat, blood and tears...
I’m offended atheists DON’T wear crosses.
There is an army rising up
break every chain, break every chain, break every chain.
Why don't we just call it. Call a spade a spade.
California isn't really a 'state'; it is what the old western denizens used to refer to as "the Badlands."
Nope, still can’t find the right to not be offended in that old constitution. But I do find black and white text stating that we have a right to worship as we please and that right shall not be infringed upon. I have had it with these bastards. We need to take this country back from lawyers and leftists now. We need to stay in our seat on the bus!
In New America, constitutional rights are invalid if someone MIGHT be offended.