October 14, 2013
Kemal Ataturk's Atheists in Madison
Peter Berger, American Interest
On October 4, 2013, the New York Times published an article by Kim Severson about the opening of the Newman Center residence hall in Troy, Alabama, which contains the third-largest public university in the state. The dormitory “caters to students who want a residential experience infused with religion”. Newman Centers have of course been around for a very long time, outposts of the Roman Catholic Church on non-Catholic campuses. Even a Newman-linked dormitory is not a completely new occurrence—one was established in 1926 at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (a public institution). So it is not altogether clear why the Troy event has created some sharp criticisms, which, given the litigious propensity of Americans is sure to lead to litigation in the...
TAGGED: ACLU, Higher Education, Dormitories