Why Are Stained-Glass Windows with Religious References Up in This Public University’s Library? April 13, 2015

Why Are Stained-Glass Windows with Religious References Up in This Public University’s Library?

Southern Connecticut State University just did a bit of redecorating for the Hilton C. Buley Library on campus… and they installed some stained-glass windows with religious phrases and figures on them:

[The] three windows that have caught more than one person’s eye, not only for their color or brightness but because they all feature a Christian religious figure or phrase or both.

If a complaint on this particular decision… was brought to Americans United for Separation of Church and State they would consider the religious windows a violation of law.

One of the examples of a violation on AU.org says that “… displays of a religious symbol or text on public property”… are a violation.

Since SCSU is a public state university [it] does make it inappropriate and gives students the right to question and even complain.

One of the librarians said the windows were given to them as a donation a while back — together, they’re estimated to be worth more than $100,000 — but the library isn’t a museum. You have to wonder whether they would be as welcoming of artwork featuring non-Christian messages.

The way they acquired the windows, however, probably won’t matter if a complaint is filed.

(Image via Dawid Lech / Shutterstock.com. Thanks to Brian for the link)


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