The London School of Economics in the UK is removing historic Christian terms from its academic calendar to better reflect its “international” character.
LSE is removing Michaelmas, Christmas, Lent and Easter as names for its terms and breaks, which will be renamed next year to ‘autumn session’, ‘winter vacation’, ‘winter session’ and ‘spring vacation’ “, respectively, according to The Telegraph.
“These new names use more accessible and widely recognized terminology, and better reflect the international nature of our community and our broader global commitment,” the school said in a statement. Many UK universities have traditionally named their academic terms after Christian holidays.
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Toby Young, general secretary of the Free Speech Union, lambasted the LSE for its decision, according to LBC.
“If this was an effort to secularize the LSE, I would be sympathetic,” he said. “But in reality it reflects the fact that the LSE, like most UK universities, is in the grip of a new religious cult – the Church of Woke – which is far more dogmatic than Christianity.”
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“[LSE] is in the grip of a new religious cult – the Church of Woke – which is far more dogmatic than Christianity.”
Simon Calvert, deputy director of the Christian Institute, echoed Young, telling the Telegraph: “We’ve been warning for years that Christians are being pushed out of the public square, but the problem is getting worse.”
“Christians and those with traditional views often find themselves silenced or intimidated. It’s especially ironic when this happens in institutions originally founded on Christian principles and with endowments from Christian benefactors.”
“So this ridiculous decision by the LSE to rename traditional academic terms, removing references to the calendar of the Established Church, is more nonsense signaling the virtue that creates exclusion in the name of inclusivity,” Calvert added.
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Calvin Robinson, an Anglican deacon in the breakaway Free Church of England who claimed his ordination in the Church of England was “ripped off” due to his conservative theological views, also condemned LSE’s decision as an attempt to “whitewash Christ from the calendar”.
“We really live in a post-Christian Britain and it’s ugly,” Robinson tweeted in part.
LSE did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment at the time of publication.
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The number of Christians in England and Wales fell below half the population for the first time in census history, according to government statistics released in November.