Thursday, September 29, 2005

Wisconsin Madison Campus: Discriminating Against Catholic Organizations?

From the blog Letters in Bottles, a post suggesting that anti-Catholic bias is responsible for the difficulties that the St. Paul Catholic Center is having in getting funding from student government.
Just heard news that the UW Roman Catholic Foundation was denied eligibility for receiving segregated student fees by a 1 vote margin. The last meeting of the student service finance committee showed the general hostility toward organized religion, and Catholicism particularly, in this “viewpoint neutral” marketplace.

The group’s supporters were grilled in open forum with greater scrutiny than those of any previous group this year. At one point, a representative on the committee held up a sign to a conservative white male member of the committee with the words “R U Catholic?” on it (he is not). Anti-Catholicism, at least by the indicators on this campus, remains fashionable in the academy.
The issue comes up again tonight, and it will be interesting to see what the outcome is.


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