Friday, November 17, 2006

More on the Wren Chapel Cross

W&M pluckedOn Wednesday I wrote about William and Mary’s surrender to the forces of Multiculturalism, and the removal of the cross from the Wren Chapel by the College administration.

The student group Save the Wren Cross is still fighting to have the cross rescued from a locked closet and returned to its proper place on the altar of the chapel in the Wren Building.

The Board of Visitors of the College is meeting today, and on the agenda will be a petition presented by students concerning the cross. According to yesterday’s press release from Save the Wren Cross:

The William & Mary Board of Visitors is meeting in Williamsburg, VA today and tomorrow at their first quarterly meeting following the decision last month by William & Mary’s new President Gene R. Nichol to order the removal of the 100 year-old Wren Cross from the university’s historic Wren Chapel in order to make the ancient chapel “more welcoming”.

At the start of their deliberations this morning, students opposed to the removal of the Wren Cross presented members of the Board of Visitors with the 1,400+ signatures of their petition calling on W&M’s president to reverse his decision. They also presented the board with an information package that can be found on SaveTheWrenCross.org that contains questions the board should consider in their discussions about President Nichol’s decision.

W&M Junior Joe Luppino-Esposito called the removal order “offensive to Christians and an action that should shock the conscience of all people of faith” and marveled at the Orwellian language used to defend the order. “In the name of tolerance, we have intolerance; in the name of welcoming, we have hostility; and in the name of unity, we now have division,” said Luppino-Esposito.

The press release also includes a series of comments from alumni. My favorite was from a member of the class of ’94, who asked whether William and Mary students are “so fragile that the mere symbol of a religion, which they may or may not agree with, should reduce them to pool of blubbering Jell-O?”

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

If you’re an alumnus or alumna of the College, or simply a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia, please drop by and sign the Save the Wren Cross Petition.
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Removing the Wren Chapel cross

Even if the cross gets the brush-off today, the issue isn’t dead yet. There are almost 2,700 signatures on the petition as I write this, and the number is still growing.

The most encouraging thing is that the protest wasn’t organized by a bunch of ancient wheezing alumni who want to stop progress and bring back the good old days. This is being spearheaded by the students themselves.

Somehow, despite thirteen years of PC indoctrination in primary and secondary schools, despite the all diversity training and multicultural awareness seminars, despite the ubiquitous propaganda saturating the mass media — despite all this, these young kids, these wet-behind-the-ears punks, have managed to see through the smoke and mirrors and discern the truth for themselves. They deserve our support.

The Multicultural World War can only be won as a succession of successful information skirmishes. Each of them seems small and inconsequential, hardly worth expending energy on, but they are important in the aggregate.

This is one of them. Residents of the Old Dominion, please go over and sign the petition.

6 comments:

freecyprus said...

Out with the old gods, in with the new gods. I say they should raze the chapel and built a temple to the gods of PC. Like maybe an Islamic Cultural Center. I'm sure the Saudis would even offer to pay for it. The funny thing is how the liberals complain about the evil Christians razing pagan temples and replacing them with Christian landmarks. Of course, now they're attempting the exact same thing.

corsair the rational pirate said...

Sounds more reasonable now:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/17/AR2006111701822_3.html

President Defends Cross Removal

Gene R. Nichol, president of the College of William and Mary, said he stands by his decision to remove a cross from permanent display at the public university's chapel, despite a petition with 1,400 names of people who want it put back.

Last month, Nichol ordered the cross to be kept in a sacristy so the sanctuary would be more welcoming to all. It is returned upon request. Thursday, Nichol told the school's board of visitors that displaying the cross excluded students of other religions.

"Some have thought that my steps disrespect the traditions of the college, or, even more unacceptably, the religious beliefs of its members," Nichol said. "That perception lies heavy on my heart." Still, he said, displaying the cross "sends an unmistakable message that the chapel belongs more fully to some of us than to others."

The chapel is in the Wren Building, which is used for secular meetings.

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Also, I can take your quote the other way:

who asked whether William and Mary students are “so fragile that the mere symbol of a religion, which they may or may not agree with, should reduce them to pool of blubbering Jell-O?”

Are the Christians at William and Mary so fragile and there God so weak that removal of a symbol should reduce them to a pool of blubbering jell-o?

See, you can get whatever you want out of religion.

Beach Girl said...

Baron, I did send in a letter via e-mail and today I have posted a request to the College of William and Mary Alumni. Linking it here for any who may wish to click over and read my thoughts on the matter.

William and Mary Alumni - Save the Wren Cross

Is "multiculturalism" just another way of saying "dhimmitude"?

Beach Girl said...

Thanks, never hurts to ask the question. it's just one notch in the belt of the multiculturalists without a shot being fired or a law suit being filed. Tragic that we are doing their work for them. I'm keeping my W&M post front and center for the weekend, maybe longer.

I believe that W&M and other schools should have just dumped the NCAA. Where will all the American Indian pride go when all the symbols and names, etc. are wiped off buildings, etc. in the name of PC. It is funny to me because the names such as Braves, Redskins, etc are names we use in pride because it is our way of acknowledging our heritage and it is our way of saying, "sure wish we could be American Indians...." You know what I mean.

Hope the moving is going well. It so inspired me, that I got a small computer table and now my space is really cluttered but I'm happy.

james higham said...

Baron, I'm also trying to do what I can from over here. There are many interested in this thing.

Steve Harkonnen said...

Petition signed - thanks for posting this. If it weren't for bloggers like you, we'd all be in the dark, no thanks to our wonderful msm.