February 21, 2007
What would you think of a college or university – supposed centers of higher learning and tolerance – that banned a cross from a campus chapel and then welcomed a “sex workers art show”?
That is what has happened at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. The school president, Gene Nichol, ordered the cross removed because it supposedly offended a tiny number of students and potential students. But possible offense apparently was not a consideration when it came to the sex workers art show. The show features male and female strippers, escorts and prostitutes in various states of undress. They express their feelings on subjects ranging from their jobs to global politics.
One hopes that not only rational students, but sane alumni make their feelings known about these twin outrages. These days, no consideration is given to Christian symbols or any standard of morality. The world and its base instincts must be served, not God. No wonder we are in trouble in so many ways. It reminds me of ancient Rome, which fell not because of outside armies, but because of inner rot.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.