A Historical Perspective on a Little-Noticed Action

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Thank you for this remembrance of the debate regarding the Bush Presidential Institute at SMU and especially regarding Andrew Weaver. I had never met Andrew, but I am a friend of Carolyn's. I am saddened by our loss of Andrew's leadership and by the meanness of those in leadership who found it easier to demean Andrew than to debate the real issues related to the Bush Institute and the United Methodist Church.

Nancy Mossman more than 4 years ago

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Thank you for remembering Dr. Weaver as the advocate that he was. Thank you for remembering the valiant fight of the thousands of us who got involved because of his prophetic witness. Thank you for remembering the nature of the deals finagled to get the Bush Institute into SMU.

It is hard to fight money and political acumen. I hate it when cynics win. They are so talented at obfuscating things and making evil seem no worse than good.

Jerry Eckert more than 4 years ago

Notable Quotes


"Harsh and direct disagreement places thought under pressure. That’s its point. Pressure can be intellectually productive: being forced to look closely at arguments against a beloved position helps those who hold it to burnish and buttress it as often as it moves them to abandon it. But pressure also causes pain and fear; and when those under pressure find these things difficult to bear, they’ll sometimes use any means possible to make the pressure and the pain go away. They feel unsafe, threatened, put upon, and so they react by deploying the soft violence of the law or the harder violence of the aggressive and speech-denying protest. Both moves are common enough in our élite universities now, as is their support by the powers that be. Tolerance for intellectual pain is less than it was. So is tolerance for argument."

– Paul Griffiths, former professor of Catholic theology at United Methodist-related Duke University Divinity School, in an article for Commonweal magazine on why he resigned over a recent conflict with a colleague related to racism training.


   

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