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Letter to the Editor

Published: Monday, December 10, 2012

Updated: Monday, December 10, 2012 15:12


Dear Editor,

We, as members of the leadership of the Tufts University Unitarian Universalists (TU3), wish to formally make our disagreement with the discrimination policy of the Committee on Students (CSL) and the Chaplaincy’s adoption of the aforementioned policy known. This policy is one which upholds, and validates, discrimination under the guise of religious freedom. We see the language of “justified” discrimination as abhorrent and antithetical to both the mission of Tufts University and, more specifically, to our own personal, spiritual consciousness. The Unitarian Universalist tradition is specifically anti-discriminatory; the first Principle of Unitarian Universalism is that we affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. In our tradition it is anti-religious to codify discrimination in the way the CSL decision does. In the spirit of our larger religious tradition we embrace those who are “exceptions” under other religious circumstances. TU3 will not now, or ever, seek a doctrinal exception from the University Chaplaincy. This pledge is both because we view the absolutist power the University Chaplaincy now wields as distinctly immoral, and also because TU3 has no need to make exceptions to the university’s nondiscrimination policy as it is written.


Duncan MacLaury, Class of 2013

Molly Greer, Class of 2016

Eric Peckham, Class of 2013

Christine Gregory, Class of 2015

Katharine Lynch, Class of 2015

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