No tolerance for religious jewelry

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Bob Kellogg (

According to an attorney, a California college student working at a student orientation event was devastated when her supervisor told her to remove her cross necklace because incoming students might be offended by it.

Audrey Jarvis, 19, felt she had no choice but to seek legal assistance from the Liberty Institute, where she told attorney Hiram Sasser that her supervisor at Sonoma State told her that wearing the cross was against school policy. But Sasser has been unable to find such a policy.


"I was really surprised to hear this story," the attorney admits. "The law has been clear on this for decades now -- that people have a right to wear religious jewelry at work, and it's a violation of federal law and the Constitution to tell them, 'You can't.'"

In an interview with Fox News, Jarvis said she took offense and was "very hurt" at her supervisor's request "because I believe as a Christian woman it is my prerogative to display my faith any way I like so long as it is not harming anyone else."
Sasser is meeting with school officials to seek an apology and assurances that the school has no such policy prohibiting the wearing of religious items.

"You would think on a college campus that's focused on diversity and tolerance that there would be some more tolerance and understanding on this issue about a cross, but it just doesn't seem that it's that way sometimes," he laments.

A spokesperson for the Sonoma State has told Fox News that the supervisor's demand was "inappropriate" and that the incident is regrettable. She says school President Ruben Arminana was "angered" when he heard of it and is ready to apologize.

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