KUBINEC | Ezra Cornell’s Worst Fear

When we say Cornell was founded secular, (which it wasn’t) we make it seem like Cornell is free of dogma (which it isn’t). Cornell is no longer predominantly Christian, but just being irreligious doesn’t keep us from holding narrow worldviews — creating sects, as Ezra Cornell would’ve said. And when a sect crosses over from being something that a lot of people agree on to being the natural order of things at a neutral, secular university, then we’ve become sectarian.