Update: The Cross has been "restored" 7 days a week, per Gene's latest move. I commend the school for at least making an effort to resolve the issue, instead of ducking behind PC weenieness.
The Washington Times has reported today
that College of William & Mary president Gene Nichol has chosen to restore the Wren Chapel cross to its rightful place.
For 1/7th of the week.
Cross to return to Wren Chapel
The great cross debate at the College of William & Mary is resolved -- sort of.
President Gene Nichol announced yesterday that the 2-foot-high, century-old bronze cross removed from Wren Chapel in October will be returned to the chapel on Sundays.
He hoped to appease some of the more than 7,000 people who signed an online petition to return the cross.
The Liberty Counsel, a legal advocacy group with ties to Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, even threatened a lawsuit.
Mr. Nichol originally ordered the cross removed to help non-Christians feel more welcome in Wren Chapel. The chapel is in the Wren Building, which is used for secular meetings, including schoolwide events.
Mr. Nichol said he doubts his solution will please everyone.
Gene, considering that your resolution to this problem was... well... not exactly complete, I am delighted to tell you that I am
pleased. 1/7th of the way.
I definitely appreciate you giving we meager Christians our symbol in the Chapel for our Holy days. But by doing so, you still
miss the point!
The Wren Chapel is an historic
monument, privately restored by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to appear exactly
as it would have in the Commonwealth's Colonial days. By removing a religious symbol
which has been present in the Chapel for the entire period
of its existence, save for perhaps a few years of occupation during the Revolutionary and Civil wars, you have altered its appearance
, thus violating the terms and conditions under which John D. Rockefeller, Jr. established the Williamsburg project!
I'll tell you what, Gene: If we're going to meet half-way, let's do so in a more reasonable
How about leaving the Cross in the Chapel all the time
, in its proper historic place. (which would be respectful
to the sacrifices made by the very men who built
the College!) If non-Christian groups wish to use the Chapel for their own services, let it be their responsibility
to request the removal of the Cross temporarily. They would still be free to use the Chapel, without altering the permanent appearance of the Chapel, or otherwise insulting the religion which single-handedly built
In other words, quit trying to re-shape history to fit your distorted view of the world, Gene. More than anything else, doing that
will make everyone
unhappy with you.
Merry Christmas, Gene. I hope that the significance of this Season will not continue to be lost on you.Previously
: Once a P.C. weenie, always a P.C. weenie
, College of William & Dhimmitude?
, Michelle Malkin: Let's play "Hide the Cross"
, Gates of Vienna: More on the Wren Chapel Cross
, Wren Cross - Gene Nichol's to the Board of Visitors
: Save the Wren Cross
, The Wren Chapel Cross Controversy