OMG! Someone is putting crucifixes in the classrooms of a Jesuit institution? Surely not!
Gimme a break. Boston College is not going to lose faculty job candidates over this, contrary to the empty threats made in the linked article. I taught at two different Catholic universities for a total of 5 years, and there were crucifixes in my classrooms. The crucifixes never bothered me, and they were never the object of student attention or adoration (at least none that was apparent to me.) I currently teach at a secular state institution where there are small, ugly, and very poorly framed American flags bolted to the wall of every classroom, and like the crucifixes in my former classrooms, they go entirely unpledged to and ignored by everyone. This mimesis renders objects invisible.
That said, complaining about crucifixes at a Catholic university is like complaining that all of the students at Morehouse are black, or that there are too many feminists at Bryn Mawr, or that there’s no Hillel House at Calvin College. What did you expect? Duh. (Interestingly, according to the linked article there is a Hillel chapter at BC, which just goes to show you–sometimes the Catholics are the most catholic of all.)
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