Annie Gaylor, from Freedom From Religion, is not one of those people.
Apparently, she thinks that a privately funded and run dorm is still a bad thing if it happens to promote religion and faith.
Funny, I thought that you go to a University to get a quality education so that you can become a productive member of society. The idea that having a dorm where students of a particular faith or conviction is going to create rifts within the student community is ridiculous. By that logic, we should do away with all student orgs that seek to identify groups that have things in common. In the real world, outside of college life, people seek out peers with common interests to associate with, so why is it wrong for Christians to do it? Would Gaylor also oppose the formation of a dorm for homosexuals or some other minority group because they too would be seeking out like-minded individuals and "cocooning" themselves from Campus life?
"It creates walls between students, this idea that they need to be
protected from the real world and cocooned together," Gaylor said. "Is that really why you come to a university, to be with people like yourself?"
I want to know just what Gaylor is afraid that residents of the new dorm will protect themselves against. What does she think is so essential to life that they risk not being able to find on Campus here at UW?
Gaylor's comments are another example of arrogance by some on the left. It is an attitude of superiority over those who have a religious, namely Christian, faith. It is an attitude that I find offensive quite honestly. I find it offensive that Gaylor and others like her assume that because someone believes in God and admits it freely that there is something wrong or backward about them.
It is that type of attitude that runs counter to our University's ideals, not a group of Christians coming together in a spirit of faith and community.