UW professor: ‘last acceptable prejudice’ on campus is against religious conservatives

By KTTH | June 23, 2014
Obit Maya Angelou

Dr. James Wellman, chair of the comparative religion department at the University of Washington, has a new piece out about how prejudice against conservative forms of religion is the last acceptable form of prejudice allowed on college campuses.

Wellman wrote the essay after attending a talk by Dr. Eboo Patel, a faith-based adviser to the Obama administration, including for the Department of Homeland Security.

Wellman is one of the panelists who will appear at the KTTH religious liberty debate on Thursday at Seattle University. Here’s an excerpt from his powerful essay:

Our university, from my experience, does little to address religious diversity on campus. For the most part it ignores it, as the UW administrators confirmed.

When Eboo asked us what are doing to address this point of diversity, we dithered, saying in sum, we address most of the other diversity factors on campus, GLBT community, racial and ethnic groups, various forms of disabilities, and the like, but we do next to nothing in terms of religious diversity. “Do we have this diversity on campus?” He asked, rhetorically. He then suggested that our vaunted “secular but spiritual” tag probably fits the majority of the white population on campus, but as for minorities, it is flipped, most of these “diverse” ethnic students were likely religious, whether Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Buddhist or Hindu. And, from what I can tell, this is accurate.

Read the whole piece by Wellman here. 


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