How's this for an outrage: The College of William & Mary, a Christian
school founded in 1693 by the Crown, and existing under a charter that openly declares that it will exist in perpetuity
(which our Commonwealth continues to honour
) is apparently so
bowed to the forces of political correctness that it is removing the cross from a chapel
, and not just any
chapel, but the 300-year-old Wren Chapel
Be sure to drop a kindly e-mail to Melissa Engimann
, the director of the Historic Campus, and share your thoughts with her on this blatant historical revisionism. If the University needs a non-sectarian chapel, perhaps it'd be best if it built a new one
, something which would meet the "non-Christian" students' needs without sullying the school's history
ARGH! Political Correctness is a curse!Update 29-Oct:
Oh, I neglected to mention earlier that there is a Crypt in the Wren Chapel
, housing the remains of many notable Virginians:âLord Boutetort, Sir John Randolph, and Peyton Randolph, to name a few.
Do you think these Godly men would want the Chapel they helped build to be desecrated by bullies all in the name of Secularism? I don't!Update:
Neither does Jim Bacon
, a self-described secularist who "respects (his) Christian heritage." My hat's off to ya, Jim!Update:
sends in his exchange with W&M President Gene Nichol, who seems to have a gift for illustrating the obvious. Read the exchange following the break!Brad writes, "Brian, thought you'd laugh at this email exchange with the W&M college prez." Believe me, I'm amused! Thanks for sharing this with us, Brad!
And thanks for pointing out something we both understand.
Very progressive of you to eschew capitalizing your name. How k.d. lang.
On Nov 1, 2006, at 4:53 PM, Gene R. Nichol wrote:
Thanks. William & Mary is a public school. Pepperdine is not. [ed.: highlight mine]
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Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2006 12:28:53 -0800
As an undergrad I went to Pepperdine, a school which I think has a few similarities with your own, especially that we had a campus chapel, a rarity nowadays. I can assure you that my heart (and my reasoning mind) would be absolutely sick today if I were to hear that Pep planned to do what you are doing in your chapel.
At first glance no doubt many of us assume that the removal of Christian symbols (THE symbol, even) is to placate Islam and other religions in the news du jour.
The more I think about it, though, the more I suspect the following scenario: get enough progressives to catch the ears of enough politically correct administrators and bureaucrats in our institutions and voila, they can achieve quite literally the ultimate oxymoronic high jinx: remove a cross from a chapel.
So which scenario is correct? Are there really some "Christian" denominations who cannot abide a cross? If so, which? Or are you placating progressive atheists?
If it is the latter, this must be a resounding victory for them. Removing Judeo-Christian references and symbols from hilltops and courthouses pales in comparison!
The million dollar question: will those asking you to do this next ask the local mosque to remove the pesky crescent? Doubtful.
yours very sincerely,
Brad in CA
Mr. Nichol might
have a point, if the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
weren't the organization responsible for restoring the Wren Chapel to its 18th-century appearance!
. GeneâShouldn't you be sure that the folks at the Foundation approve of your historical revisionism before you start messing with their building
Ye Olde Dominion