Art class debate

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Muslim art students call nude crude”
Feb. 13, 2007

To the Editor:
As I understand it, Western’s policies are based on tolerance of religious cultures and belief systems. Exams are constantly being rescheduled because of religious holidays, and " whether or not housing will admit it " residences are assigned to accommodate dietary belief systems. I know this because these exceptions have been made for me.

I’m appalled that some people suggest Muslim students should abandon their program of choice because of artificial requirements placed on them by the university. If accommodation means relaxing a few requirements, why not? I’m sure they’d be willing to make it up in some other way; just don’t force people to choose between their art and their beliefs when an obvious and easy compromise is possible.
"Benjamin Daniel Stern Singer
Undeclared I

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