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Rush Limbaugh Blasts Stony Brook Plan to Hold Classes on Religious Holidays

Conservative radio host calls the move an "attack."

Stony Brook University's plan to hold classes on religious holidays has caught the attention of perhaps the most famous conservative radio host in the country. And he's not happy.

Conservative host Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday blasted the move by the state university, calling it an "attack on people who aren't doing anything."

"So call it what you want: Political correctness, censorship, fear, superiority, arrogance, what have you. Here you have a liberal who has majored in 'social justice studies' mandating that classes will no longer be canceled for Christian and Jewish holidays 'cause it just isn't fair to the others," he said, according to the show transcript on RushLimbaugh.com.

The liberal Limbaugh is calling out is Charles Robbins, vice provost for undergraduate education, who is quoted in the Fox News story that Limbaugh was reading on his show.

The , which other major research colleges have already done, allows it to treat all religions equally on campus, it said. That means Stony Brook will no longer cancel classes for Christian holy week holidays and the Jewish high holidays such as Rosh Hashanah and Passover.

But according to Newsday, that hasn't gone over well with the college community.

"It stinks," sociology professor Norman Goodman, a nonobservant Jew, told Newsday. "It's inappropriate. It's disrespectful. . . . It disrespects all religions."

Alicia Palifka March 22, 2012 at 02:42 PM
This is a direct onslaugh against Christianity...This is America..founded on Christian/Judeo Principals. Enough with the Social Justice..
TheAgeOfReason March 22, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Last time I checked the State was meant to be free of religious interference and vice versa. Why should non-Christoans have to be held back from studying every time there is a Christian holiday. Leave Religion at home and in private.
Andrew L March 22, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I would imagine that even though classes wouldn't be canceled on these holidays, that students and/or professors who legitimately choose to celebrate these holidays would be able to not attend that class without being penalized for it.
Matthew Wahl March 22, 2012 at 03:25 PM
If they kept them, they would have had to observe Muslim holidays as well, (muslims on campus = 8% of population, Jewish population = 5%) so in an effort to make the calendar less confusing, and keep classes and education more consistent, they did away with them. When it comes to 30k+ people trying to agree on a calendar, you are inherently not going to be able to please everyone.
Alicia Palifka March 22, 2012 at 03:38 PM
No..it is all about Social Justice. It's the liberal way.
Alicia Palifka March 22, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Well then..considering I have a son who has food allergies then every resturant must change their menu. That's only fair right????
Duh! March 23, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Apparently anyone who thinks this is an attack on religion hasn't been in college in quite some time or ever for that matter. Classes are always held on someone's holiday, and that's why breaks are given certain times of year, to accommodate everyone- religious or not. Go fInd a real cause Rush, like the rampant prescription drug addiction epidemic facing college students in Long Island and in the country.
Anna March 24, 2012 at 12:38 PM
I was a mature student at Stony Brook a few short years ago, and I would have viewed this decision would as an affront to my religion. Stony Brook is not only about students. It takes a community of adults to run the university too. This ranges from professors to maintenance staff, including those unseen, like childcare or elder care workers (private, school, or community based) who support those individuals who work at Stony Brook. The majority of people associated with Stony Brook are from Christian faiths...and the community at large has always been predominantly Christian and Jewish. The decision by the provost has a ripple effect across our county, unnecessarily setting work / school / care in direct opposition to religion. What are we talking about here - Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, the first night of Passover, and Good Friday? It would be fairer to the community at large if Stony Brook follows the holiday schedule of the local school boards so people can honor their traditions. It would be fairer still if a faithful student observer of a non-Jewish, non-Christian faith proactively and maturely discusses their potential conflicts with their professors, and makes arrangements on a case by case basis. There is such a thing as tyranny of the minority, and it should be avoided as vigorously as tyranny of the majority.
RPSteve March 24, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Consider this. The ROCKY POINT HIGH SCHOOL Calendar does not list CHRISTMAS. CHRISTMAS is a FEDERAL HOLIDAY, yet they leave it off the calendar. Religious tolerance is one thing, outright attacking Christianity especially Catholicism is something else.
localnews March 25, 2012 at 02:20 PM
While I can't make any sense out of Limbaugh's comment "an attack on people who aren't doing anything," I disagree with Stony Brook's plan to hold classes on Christian and Jewish holidays, which are and have been traditionally observed in this country. The school is, in effect, forcing students to choose between their religious observances and classes which they are paying for. The administrators are misguided if they think that being unfair to some equals being fair to all. I can see in my crystal ball a Supreme Court case if Stony Brook persists in this.
Anna March 25, 2012 at 10:45 PM
I guess they are going ahead with this policy. Well, if I ever have enough money to donate, I'll be sure to call up Stony Brook and let them know it is going to my church instead. Small number of students, large number of alumni. Update from Fox: State University will no longer cancel classes for Christian, Jewish holidays Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/03/25/state-university-will-no-longer-cancel-classes-for-christian-jewish-holidays/?intcmp=trending#ixzz1qAackswc
Alyssa March 26, 2012 at 03:34 PM
ugh I am so sick of Rush and all these religious Republican crazies who always think everyone is attacking them just because people are trying to do whats FAIR for everyone. A state school should observe all religious holidays or none at all... it shouldn't matter what the majority is. But like a previous poster said, the school should also not penalize a Christian for taking the day off on a Christian holiday, just like they should not penalize a Muslim for taking a day on a Muslim holiday. America is supposed to be a melting pot of culture and religion so stop thinking you deserve more than everyone else!
Tony Vitale March 27, 2012 at 01:09 AM
This is a Insitute of higher education , it's about time it lead the way and drop all this silly acknowledgement of ancient outdated beliefs. Imagine No Religion !. What will we do next throw chicken parts against a wall to determine our fiscal policy.
Anna March 27, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Imagine, Tony, mocking someone's beliefs! Or, in Alyssa's case, calling fellow community members 'religious Republican crazies'. How utterly crass and uncivil. I like my 'ancient' beliefs, as do many others who like theirs. And, looking at history, Jews and Catholics have survived, where as secular societies have crashed and burned and killed hundreds of millions of humans. Maybe with a few more 'crazies' honoring God / Faith instead of Greed / Power / Self we could have avoided some of the horrors of the last century. But then, we're talking about one university going along with all the other universities. Peer pressure is a funny thing, even at the collegiate level. Acquiescing on the small, inconsequential things will add to the decay. And once the rot gets a toehold, it spreads. Mocking someone's faith today leads to far worse tomorrow...only, will you be alive enough to recognize what lurks behind the mask of civility and the guise of enlightened modernity? 'Never again' is nearer than you know.
Tony Vitale March 27, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Yes and one time they thought the world was flat and burned people as witches, Somebody has to say Stop the madness !
Alyssa March 27, 2012 at 03:33 AM
I am not mocking anyones religion. I was raised a Christian myself- I am not calling all religious people or even all Republican people "crazies". I am calling specific individuals- like Rush and the others who feel they deserve special treatment, or those who feel so threatened by equality that they have to resort to bigotry against human beings with different beliefs, the crazy ones. I am just saying that it's only fair to treat all religions and cultures equally. Give to one, give to all. Are you not mocking athiests for their beliefs by stating that they honor greed, power, and wealth just because they don't believe in god? Every athiest i know is kind and respectful to everyone, amd believes we all deserve equal rights. How about we stop judging people based on what they do and do not believe and treat all individuals with the same respect?
Alyssa March 27, 2012 at 03:41 AM
And I apologize for the typos as I'm on my phone... But I feel I should add- no one is stopping anyone from celebrating and observing their religious holidays. No one is trying to take anything away from anyone- it is just the opposite. It's about including everyone- not taking away. A true follower of Jesus should understand that, open their hearts to love all people the same regardless of who they are. No one is attacking you! Just trying to make everyone feel welcome and the same! Is that so wrong? If the state wants to observe these holidays, observe all holidays! I am sure the students would t mind the additional days off!
Paul Hart March 29, 2012 at 02:13 PM
I rarely agree with Rush Limbaugh, (this might be the first time) but I disagree with SBU's new policy. If I'm sure they don't celebrate Christmas in Iraq, Syria, China or maybe Israel for that matter, but if I were there I'd respect their customs. I would expect the same of visitors here. After all "When in Rome........."
just me April 05, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Note to those upset about the prospect of students having to take classes on Christian holidays because of Stony Brook's policy change--this just isn't the case. Most Christian holidays, like Easter, fall on Sundays, because Sunday is the primary day of Christian worship. Since Stony Brook doesn't even hold classes on Sundays, this will NOT affect anyone. And Stony Brook will continue to have a Winter Break over Christmas and the New Year, like all other American colleges, so nobody's going to have to go to any classes around Christmastime. In other words, the change in policy is not going to have any effect on Christians--some might quibble that Easter Monday won't be a holiday, but Easter Monday has never been a holiday at Stony Brook.
Ra Ha December 04, 2013 at 11:54 PM
This respects atheists and all non-Christian non-Jews. Anyone who feels America is a Christian country is just trying to make themselves feel better by "backing the right horse". I teach college and my school ignores Muslim holidays yet has many Muslims, and Hindus for that matter. I am forced to comply with everybody's holiday anyway, so this policy is better than the current policy. For example, we have 12 day winter courses to avoid the Christian's holiday and the days surrounding it, when we could have 18 day courses instead.

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