Methodists can hate Christmas too!
In Britain, the Methodists are the country's fastest shrinking denomination (Pentecostalists are the fastest growing). I would not be surprised if at least some American Methodist groups are in similar trouble.
The Southern Methodist University does at least seem to be in a pickle. It appears to have switched its loyalty to the Left rather than to Christ. And you can see a revealing symptom of that right in the middle of its current home page. On its home page it boasts that its library has acquired a rare copy (from the 1800s) of the first mass-produced Christmas card ever printed.
So it shows a picture of the card, right? Wrong! It shows only a tiny cut-out of the card -- a cut-out designed so that the the word "Merry" is shown but "Christmas" is deleted! Must not publicly mention the name of that dead white Jewish male who founded the faith 2,000 years ago in Palestine!
There was of course plenty of room on the front page for the full card had they wanted to show it. And for something over 100 years old, copyright was not an issue.
They're not even Christians, let alone Methodists! John Wesley would be amazed. No wonder real Christians are deserting "Methodists" like that.
Update: You can of course link through to see a full copy of the card but why were they afraid to put it on the front page directly? Because mention of Christmas might "offend" someone, no doubt.
But it's Leftist bigotry, not Christian bigotry
Should all points of view on an issue be vigorously and openly presented on a university campus? Universities routinely claim that they are. And if not there, where? So surely a political philosophy espoused by around half of the American popoulation should be well represented on ANY American university campus?
At Southern Methodist University a lot of the teachers appear to think not. There is a proposal that the university host the Bush Library after GWB finishes his presidency. BAD MOVE! Such a library could be RIGHT WING! And we cannot have ideas like that represented on a university campus.
A theology professor (an expert in "liberation" theology, no doubt) is circulating a letter that seems to be getting a lot of support from other faculty. It says, in part:
"There are two different visions of the library. One is for the library as a place for academic inquiry ... but the other vision is a strictly partisan center to promote the president's platform," said Susanne Johnson, the Perkins School of Theology professor."
And it goes without saying that there is no room for promoting a conservative platform at a university! But even the craziest Leftist ideas have a "right" to be promoted there, of course.
So are universities Leftist institutions or impartial ones? What they claim and what they are is very different. They are just the usual Leftist hypocrites.
(Hat tip to Keith Burgess-Jackson. Keith has another copy of the newspaper article up in case it gets taken down.)
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