North Miami Beach resident David Templer copied me with an email that is beyond disturbing. I asked for and received permission to publish his letter in it’s entirety, which needs no explanation by me.
If you are as outraged as I am, I urge you to speak out by sending emails to FSU in protest of this blatant anti-Semitism!
“Spreading the Wealth”
June 24, 2014
Subject: Religious insensitivity at FSU
From: David Templer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
CC: “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Dear Dr. Stokes:
As the father of a Freshman at FSU I have been looking forward to staying involved with his college experience. Though I was a bit late out of the gate with making my plans to attend Parents Weekend, I was excited to be able to share those days with my son, his friends and their families!
I was stunned to find out that FSU scheduled its Parents Weekend on the most significant Jewish holiday of the year, Yom Kippur. FSU’s religious ignorance, insensitivity and/or intolerance is so violently offensive as to warrant a highly critical public rebuke. I won’t bother to educate FSU on the holy significance of this particular Jewish holiday because it is something that might easily have been discovered if someone had spoken to anyone, including possibly the janitorial staff, of your Department of Religion. More simply, you could have just used Google to examine a religious calendar!
I am trying to imagine whether any significant University event would ever be scheduled on Good Friday or Easter Sunday. Surely not. Someone would have known what those holidays represent and when they were! But, somehow, FSU excuses the intolerable with this posted regret on the Parents Weekend page:
“* Florida State University recognizes that October 3 and 4 coincide with the holy day of Yom Kippur. We sincerely regret any conflict that this may cause with your ability to visit our campus, and as such we ask for your forgiveness.”
“Your ability to visit”? Really? What about your Jewish student population participation?
David L. Templer
Templer & Hirsch
20801 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 400
Aventura, FL 33180