I've been very proud of my seminary in recent days. Each year it hosts a "State of the Black Church" two-day symposium, and this year one of the honorees was Jeremiah Wright, chosen months and months ago, of course. With all the hullabulloo going on, the university with which my seminary is associated decided that it just couldn't risk having Rev. Wright on campus, so the meeting space, which had been reserved since last year, was taken away from the seminary. With a mere week before the symposium, the university trustees, citing "security concerns" told the seminary to just find someplace else for its 200+ visitors.
My response to the university? What a bunch of Cowards!
The seminary's response was perfect. The dean, Nancy R_____, and one of our trustees wrote an opinion piece for the local newspaper stating exactly why we chose to honor Rev. Wright and exactly why we are going to find another venue and continue to honor him.
My response to the seminary? Yes! I'm proud to be a graduate of this fine institution!
Well, I didn't know how right I really was. Yesterday I found out a lot more about the "security concerns." The university was not joking (although I still have no respect for its action). What I heard was that the president of the seminary, while walking across campus, had to be accompanied by bodyguards while wearing a bullet-proof vest.
Virtually all of the professors and administrators have received a HUGE amount of hate mail, some of it, apparently, containing death threats. I guess I shouldn't find it so hard to believe that there are people out there so full of venomous hatred and racism like that, but I do. I'm just blown away by it. It makes the action of the seminary even more courageous and even more important.
Young Man with Integrity is, right now, putting together a great big poster to use while he's at the County Democratic Convention tomorrow. He's an Obama delegate. I'm so very proud of him.
I pray for Barack Obama's safety, and that Barack Obama wins this election and wins it BIG. What a brave and good soul he is.
Now I'm going to his website and sending more $$ his way.