Baylor’s name & student welfare
Regarding Baylor University President Ken Starr’s comments about the sexual assault of one student by another at Baylor: I must first disclose I am a Texas Aggie as well as a Texas Baptist.
It is unfortunate that he referenced the harm to a student in the same sentence with Baylor’s “good name.” I am afraid Baylor’s good name means nothing when compared to the life and well-being of any student on the Baylor campus.
The first priority must be the safety and welfare of Baylor students, regardless of any harm that may come to Baylor’s good name.
Barry L. Moak
‘Research’ indicts ivory towers
Regarding the recent article out of Baylor University about multiracial churches not promoting progressive racial attitudes, my initial thought is that such a conclusion is akin to wondering why my car can’t float in the lake; because that’s not what it’s for.
To assume African-Americans and Hispanics join multi-cultural churches because they want a progressive racial environment is a stereotype. In fact, why would anyone even ask that question?
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I attend a very multi-cultural church, and my fellow congregants want the same thing from our church regardless of their race. We have a sweet fellowship that focuses on what churches should focus on—worship, missions, fellowship. Those are attributes that should comprise the local church.
To conclude whites in multi-cultural churches somehow lord it over other cultures based on analyzing “nationally representative data from General Social Surveys and National Congregations Studies” is like judging barbecue by looking at pictures. It doesn’t work. You have to taste for yourself, which is something these researchers did not do.
This “research” is once again an indictment on academic ivory towers. I suppose the alternative is to echo Martin Luther King and endorse Sunday morning worship as the most segregated hour in our nation.
And one more thing: Even the use of the term “multiracial” is wrong. It’s more about multi-cultural.