This is a well-done piece, arguing that opposition to the Institute, as articulated in yesterday’s Daily Campus, is more compelling than the rejection of the whole package advocated by some within the United Methodist Church. The author also praises the students for realizing that SMU is in a strong bargaining position — something that our administration does not seem to realize.
SMU flap: Kids right, bishops not
January 26, 2007
Usually when there is an uproar over a library it’s because some fundamentalist Christians are upset about a book a child might chance upon if he can reach high enough.
This time it’s liberal Methodists worried about what the adults may be up to.
A group of Methodist bishops and ministers is protesting plans to establish the presidential library for George W. Bush at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
They believe the “linking of his presidency with a university bearing the Methodist name is utterly inappropriate.”
Simply put, Bush has been too sinful, they say, what with torture and all that.
The kids at SMU, as we shall see below, make a better argument.