Faith Should be Private
What gives the staff the idea that students have no right to freedom from religion where we sleep, eat and work?
The staff's call to religious arms ignores the concerns of hundreds of atheists, agnostics and civil libertarians at Harvard, for whom house-sponsored religious activities reek of institutionalized, organized religion.
Harvard's house life is currently diverse yet secular. Students are--and should remain--free to organize religious discussion tables and meetings within the houses, and we can and do celebrate traditions and beliefs in our own rooms and suites.
When house committees and senior tutors start officially funding and authorizing Sukkahs and nativity scenes in house courtyards, however, Harvard takes a step toward coercion, and away from freedom.