We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
When the President of the wonderful and venerable small university where Jefferson was educated decided that a cross in William and Mary's chapel was "offensive to some" - or whatever gibberish ACLU types typically use to erase signs of faith from daily life - I felt two things: sickened and angry.
Also, confused. What person, of any religion or lack thereof, would be offended by a symbol of God's sacrificial love for mankind? That is an odd concept by which to be offended but, in general, the notion of desecrating another person's place of worship would never even occur to me.
And I wondered why it affected me so strongly, when I usually take such nonsense in stride.
It didn't make me feel badly for Christ: He and His followers have encountered hostility and persecution since he began His ministry, and He does not need my comfort or pity.
It didn't make me feel too badly for other Christians, especially those at W&M, because Christians have become accustomed to, if not resigned to, living with intolerance from the Left - and to resisting that intolerance when they can.
I think I felt angry that an agenda-driven person would try to erase a piece of the College's history. It doesn't matter what the excuse is; it's still the same thing that the Commies did in Russia. It's like a lie. Nothing to do with religion, really. As a pattern, the dismissal of tradition is a foolish and dangerous thing with unknowable consequences.
And I think I felt ill that a college president - presumably but not necessarily a high-minded person - would have the hubris to strike down a symbol of God's presence. We do not need a chapel in which to pray, nor do we need a cross to focus on Christ's sacrificial love, but these material things are tools, aids, to reverence and prayer, and as such are sacred - if anything is sacred anymore.
Yes, that is what made me feel ill; it is a personal violation, like the time I was mugged with a gun in my stomach in NYC many years ago. Civilized folks do not do that to each other. It is that indifference to others - including to me - that sickens me and always takes me by surprise. (Hostility disguised as "tolerance"? That isn't very subtle.)
Now the deal is that the Wren Cross will reside in a glass case with a plaque, like a museum artifact, or like Lenin in his glass coffin. Like a dead cross, buried in a tomb. But Easter is coming, when the glory of the Resurrection and the offer of salvation will no doubt touch even a college president in some small way. A glory that will shine forth through any attempted entombment or confinement to illuminate the world, and light a little lamp in any soul which is receptive to that light.
No human can extinguish that Easter light. My pastor would advise us to pray for the president of W&M - to pray that his heart be softened. My friends would say "Stand up for Jesus" - and pray for the W&M prez too.
You should see what the PC leadership in the Episcopal Diocese have done to this once fine religious tradition. First, they did our schools, now our religions, and our cultural heritage. Who do you think is gonna be runnin this place very, very soon? Are they women, or ethnic minorities, or the sexually disoriented? Nope--they are communists--pure and simple. The first thing they did was to convince us that we need not be vigilant.
What is truly terrifying is that they are teaching our children to adhere to "relative ethics". By destroying the foundation for the 10 Commandments, they are taking charge of our politics, and legal system. They are putting themselves into a position of "union leadership". Do as we tell you, or suffer.
Nice eh? Question to the Barrister: What do you plan to do about this trend in the legal community? When will conservatives stand up and confront the universities in their own hometown? Afraid of repercussion? How about the legal secretarys in your town--are they a well organized mafia? What about the wives of judges and attorneys? Do they organize their support of pc women in academia? Will you stand up to them one issue at a time in the courtroom, each time they support a loss of integrity, or meritocracy in the name of women's rights? Sorry, thats more than one question.
My first reaction to the prez of W&M is to wish he gets ball cancer. On second thought, that might not be very Christian. I am at a loss at what to think of these people and how to affect them in a postive and enligtening way.