FRIEDMAN | Religious Life: A Rare Place of Acceptance at Cornell

While business clubs, political clubs and Greek organizations are exclusive to the core, religious life is the most prominent, inclusive area available to the masses of Cornell. The private and sometimes contemptuous status of exclusive organizations is at times legitimate, pushing prospective members to show dedication and self-discipline. 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Re: ‘Make Cornell More Inclusive for Christians’

To the Editor:

“Christians are different. We often stick to ourselves, believe in a supernatural and omniscient God and typically go against the grain of college student life.” In a recent op-ed, Darren Chang ’21 brands Cornell Christians as inherently different from other students because they stand on a higher moral pedestal by avoiding temptations that “contradict mainstream Christian lifestyles.”

The standard of religious delineation employed by Chang actually characterizes the bind that links most major religions: a belief in a higher omnipresent being. While making it pointedly obvious that he did in fact attend his “fair share of parties” during his time at Cornell, Chang describes Christians as being specifically prosecuted for choosing “praying instead of partying” on weekends. Specifying these characteristics and situations (i.e. choosing not to party) as being unique to only Christians, when they very obviously are not, implies that being Christian equates to being at a higher moral standing. Hot-take: Nobody really cares why you aren’t partying.