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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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.