5.24.2005

the anti-sheeple

This post is dedicated to David Cho, one of the most open-minded and considerate people I've met on the internet, a Christian evangelical with an incredibly cute dog.

From yesterday's New York Times:
It's that time of year again when President Bush turns up around the country in sumptuous commencement robes, assures thousands of college graduates that a C average does not preclude the presidency and urges them to go forth and do good.

Calvin College, a small evangelical school in the strategic Republican stronghold of Grand Rapids, Mich., seemed a perfect stop on Saturday for the president's message. Or so thought Karl Rove, the White House political chief, who two months ago effectively bumped Calvin's scheduled commencement speaker when he asked that Mr. Bush be invited instead.

But events at Calvin did not happen as smoothly as Mr. Rove might have liked. A number of students, faculty members and alumni objected so strongly to the president's visit that by last Friday nearly 800 of them had signed a letter of protest that appeared as a full-page advertisement in The Grand Rapids Press. The letter said, in part, "Your deeds, Mr. President - neglecting the needy to coddle the rich, desecrating the environment and misleading the country into war - do not exemplify the faith we live by."

The next day, Mr. Bush was greeted by another letter in The Press signed by some 100 of 300 faculty members that objected to "an unjust and unjustified war in Iraq" and policies "that favor the wealthy of our society and burden the poor."

At first glance, it seemed as if a mainstay of Mr. Bush's base, the Christian right, had risen up against him. At second glance, the reality was more complex. The protests at Calvin showed that Mr. Bush's evangelical base was not monolithic and underscored the small but growing voice of the Christian left.
My deepest gratitude to these students and their teachers. The struggle for peace and justice encompasses people of every faith and people of no faith; I'd be very proud to march beside these Christian soldiers.

Full story here.

2 comments:

G said...

Amen to that.

I'd be there in heartbeat to march alongside you, and them. Uplifting to read that the brainwash-en-masse hasn't taken all of religion.

David Cho said...

Thank you. Wow, never had a posting dedicated to me.

I did read that story when it came out on MSNBC.com with great interest. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, who unfortunately have become spokesmen for Evanglical Christians will undoubtedly denounce the school as "liberal". It is said that anyone who deviates from the party line and values independence gets awarded with that brand.

Thanks for the post.