WM Don't Need No Steenkin' Crosses

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I don't know about you, but when our family went about the college search for our young'uns, we always kept a wary eye out for nefarious influences around campus: dope dealing, graffiti, toy dog clubs, and anything at all that reeked of Christianity.

So I had no small amount of sympathy for the College of William and Mary's brave decision to remove the terrible, anachronistic, 18-INCH Wren Cross from the property. Our children did not end up attending the school, but the wife and I occasionally enjoy a visit to the historic town. And heaven help me if I'm going to allow the missus to set foot in a place with actual CROSSES out in public display - and 18-inchers, no less!

And if I did have a kid enrolled in William and Mary, I sure as heck wouldn't want to mosey down there for the weekend expecting a nice ongoing tete-a-tete with the local reenactors, perhaps a spicy sex show or three, these types of things - and suddenly walk around a corner to have a friggin' cross arm poke us in the eyes. GHAA! Can you even imagine?

But lo and behold, the Christers launch another assault, and not only does the abomination of desolations return, but the College actually wins an award for the episode.


The College of William and Mary's removal of a cross from a campus chapel has won the Virginia school this year's "Campus Outrage Award" from a conservative student group...

William and Mary President Gene R. Nichol said he asked for the 18-inch cross to be taken from Wren Chapel in October because of concerns about offending non-Christians, and that he had received complaints about it. The removal of the cross -- to make the chapel "equally open and relevant to all," Mr. Nichol said -- made headlines and stirred protests by students, faculty and alumni of William and Mary, the nation's second-oldest college after Harvard.

An online petition to reinstate the cross garnered 18,000 signatures. Threats by an unnamed donor to withdraw $12,000 of funding from the college forced Mr. Nichol to change his decision on March 7. Mr. Nichol has established a committee to study the role of religion at public universities.


Just goes to show: money talks, even though our children's very souls hang in the balance.

May Morgan have mercy on them all.

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Ted said:

I'm sure it was a typo but just to clarify, the donation that was withdrawn was for $12,000,000. The donor in question was planning on leaving W&M a bequest at his demise but upon hearing about the cross said "fuggitaboutit".
Funny how these learned men of principle running our institutions of higher learning can be so quick change those principles when large sums of money is involved.
I mean, what's an occasional offended non-Christian between friends when $12,000,000 is involved, right?

That is quite a significant typo, Ted! Thanks for pointing it out. I'm going to point it out to the folks at the WashTimes.

Brian said:

I guess W&M believe that "equally open and relevant to all" is best achieved by stripping any relevance it has to anyone.

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