A Conflict of Rights? On the Recent Controversy Over Religious Accommodation at York University
Jan 23, 2014, 12pm-2pm
What should be done when a male student requests to be excused from participation in a group assignment requiring him to interact with female students against his sincerely held religious belief that this would be improper? Is the student owed religious accommodation, or does his request exceed the bounds of reasonable accommodation? Are the student's beliefs necessarily anti-feminist? Does his request violate the University's commitment to gender equality? If the course director were to grant the request, does he/she implicitly endorse the student's religious beliefs? Would granting the student's request inflict an intolerable harm on women students in the class? Does the student's request confront us with a conflict of rights pitting religious freedom against equality?
You are invited to join a conversation about these and other questions that arise out of the recent controversy over religious accommodation at York.
Stephen Newman is associate professor of political science in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. He teaches courses on political philosophy and this is his 29th year at York University.
|Location:||Senior Common Room, 140 McLaughlin College|
|Sponsor:||Office of the Master, McLaughlin College|
|Posted by:||Lorraine Myrie|