University Tells Student to Remove Cross Necklace Because it Might Be “Offensive” to Other Students

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A Sonoma State University student was ordered to remove a cross necklace by a supervisor who thought other students might find it offensive, in a case that prompted even one campus official to speculate that “political correctness got out of hand.”

Audrey Jarvis, 19, a liberal arts major at the northern California university, said she had no choice but to seek a “religious accommodation” in order to wear the cross. Her lawyer said she deserves an apology, and the school seems ready to oblige.

“It’s 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 Hiram Sasser, an attorney with Liberty Institute, which is representing Jarvis.

Jarvis was working for the university’s Associated Students Productions at a June 27 student orientation fair for incoming freshmen when her supervisor told her to remove the two-inch-long cross necklace, according to Sasser.

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.”

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  • Mari

    God help us all.

  • Jim Sheldon

    Tell me to take my cross off I DARE YOU!!!

    To date no one has had the gall to attempt such a BS maneuver on me and likely never will. But if they ever do, they will be looking for a new job in very short order.

  • Jesse A Wagner

    Let me say here that apparently Christians need to realize that the cross is an offense to those who are an enemy of God. The cross represents an offense to those who love there sin and are in there sin. As per Galatians 5:11 states here when Paul speaks, it is implied that when the cross is preached it is an offense. We need to get over this notion to not offend with the cross or showing where we stand.

    11 Dear brothers and sisters, if I were still preaching that you must be circumcised—as some say I do—why am I still being persecuted? If I were no longer preaching salvation through the cross of Christ, no one would be offended.

  • leewacker

    Frankly, if wearing the cross is offensive, then why not ban those silly head scarves the muslims wear? Those are offensive to me and other Americans! And, all of their blather about being misunderstood is also offensive!

  • joespoint

    Since when does simply recognizing a symbol of one’s faith become offensive? I thought that was what religious freedom meant?

    If that were the case, then shouldn’t it be deemed offensive to see a muslim kneeling and praying? Shouldn’t any symbol of any type of religion be deemed offensive?

    The fact that this idiot and others like him are not struck down by a lightning bolt where they stand, only shows what a patient and caring God we truly have. Unbelievable!!!

  • dsjr

    Who the hell do these people think they are??? They should be fired. God save us from these nut cases.

  • ChillyinAlaska

    don’t they tell the “other students” not to waste their time “feeling
    offended” or they will be looking for a different university to attend,
    after all, it THEIR feelings, if they don’t like feeling that way,
    better THINK differently…

  • Yode

    she should’ve claimed it was a protective device against vampires….

  • Michael Bowler

    There is only one right and proper answer to that demand, “NO”.
    If the response is not immediate acquiescence, a lawsuit stipulating infringement of religious freedom.

    Failing to stand up to this tyranny is the reason it has gotten out of hand. Whatever consequences there are, we have all got to fight this, no matter our personal religious feelings. This isn’t about the cross she was wearing, it’s about the power others give themselves to make inappropriate demands on individuals. The argument that others may be offended is not valid. Freedom of speech is not about protecting that upon which we all agree, such requires no defense, as we all agree. Freedom of speech and religion is about protecting the rights of individuals to speak and believe things that DO offend others, it is precisely because others are offended and react to that offense that it requires protection.

    If you are offended by what others say and believe, that is YOUR problem, not their’s. You have the ability of rational thought, not to be offended, if you so choose.

  • RobertLaity

    If she was wearing a Crescent Moon,Obama would have given her an award.

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  • RobertLaity

    Obama is a muslim supremacist usurper and fraud. He is ushering in Islam and sharia. Jews and Christians must fight back. We are a Judeo-Christian nation. God is in whom we trust not the false god allah.
    “We are no longer a Christian nation”-Barack Obama
    “My Muslim faith”-Barack Obama
    “The Muslim call to prayer is the prettiest sound on Earth”-Barack Obama

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  • Bill Meeker

    Wow! Michael Bowler is right on the money! In the early ’70s, I was an active duty soldier sent to the University of Nebraska at Omaha to complete my degree. On many holidays, I proudly wore my dress uniform to class. Oh sure, there were those who opposed the military and were offended, but they kept it to themselves.