Bush library puts backs up
February 16, 2007
The proposed siting of the George W. Bush Presidential Library at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas, United States, has brought a storm of protest from a group of United Methodist bishops, clergy, and supporters across the country. They argue that it would provide a platform for conservative advocacy, and amount to an endorsement of the Iraq war.
More than 10,000 objectors have signed a petition against the proposal to build the library, museum, and policy institute on the campus of the private university, which has 11,000 students.
Alumni include the President’s wife, Laura Bush, who is on the board of trustees. The university’s emergence as the sole finalist in January, said to have been chosen by a team of President Bush’s confid-ants, prompted the protest.
The petition says: “As United Methodists, we believe that the linking of [Mr Bush’s] presidency with a university bearing the Methodist name is utterly inappropriate.”