Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Calvin College Professors Embarrass Themselves

Check out for a story on the professors at Calvin College (my alma mater) who are protesting their 2005 Commencement speaker - the President of the United States! They've written a letter and everything, stating that they think his policies are inconsistent with the Christian vision.

I don't like some of his policies either, but the fact is, he's done nothing inconsistent with the teachings of the Christian Reformed fatih. There's a difference between protesting because the commencement speaker acts contrary to the very mission of a university and protesting because you disagree with some of his policies. Give me a break. 70% of the student body at Calvin College voted for Bush in the last election.

My brother is graduating from Calvin on Saturday, and you can bet I'm going to be there! No protests here!


At 3:24 PM, Blogger Rambocatholic said...

The Gospel ethic is hard. Let us not forget that JPII denounced both the first and second Gulf Wars. I think it is important to reflect about GWB's war policies and the Gospel Ethic. Just because a man swaggers like an Evangelical doesn't mean he's acting in line with the Evangelists. Maybe he makes the most politically prudent move given his position as the President of the strongest nation in the world, but he certainly may not be acting in line with the Gospel Ethic.

At 9:14 AM, Blogger Patrick Roach said...

The vagaries of this war make it difficult to ascertain whether it is "just." Given the uncertainty, however, it's a wee bit foolhardy, if not preposterous, for professors to protest the president speaking at a conservative, Christian school. Under this pretext, I would liken it to biting the hand that feeds you, whereas when Georgetown professors protest orthodox Catholicism in a commencement speech (by Cardinal Arinze), they are refusing to be be fed altogether, but still bite the hands that try to feed.


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