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Guest Column by Celeste Marcus | Communities of certainty

(10/23/17 6:20pm)

When they returned to school after fall break, students were greeted by a cohort of Bible thumpers shouting anti-Semitic, homophobic and racist sentiments in the heart of campus. Among other transgressions, these Christians made religion look ugly. Students with no religious background could be forgiven for assuming that most religious communities behave this way.  They would be wrong. However, in some ways, these Christians are not as atypical as we would like to think — the social communities of our secular University turn out to be rife with the most common pitfalls of religious life.