Boys will be Boys

1 Oct

The first paragraph of this pretty much says it all:

A Christian university in Oregon said Tuesday it has punished four students who confessed to hanging a likeness of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama from a tree on campus.

George Fox University broke the news to students and staff Tuesday afternoon at an all-campus meeting. About 1,000 people attended, said Rob Felton, a university spokesman.

A statement from the school said the penalties against the four students were “immediate long-term suspension and public service.” The school cited federal privacy rules in not disclosing more about the students or their punishment.

Sounds like they’re getting off with a slap on the wrist. What’s the point of getting a “Christian” education if you think hanging a black man in effigy from a tree by a fishing line is hi-larious?

A message taped to the cutout read, “Act Six reject.” That refers to a scholarship and leadership program for minority and low-income student leaders at Christian colleges primarily located in the Northwest.

No doubt, Jesus will forgive them. No one else really should.

One Response to “Boys will be Boys”

  1. RaChaCha October 1, 2008 at 4:05 pm #

    My sister used to teach at Fox – thankfully (given this) is elsewhere, now. What really adds to the kick-in-gut feeling I get reading this, is that Fox is not just a ‘Christian college’ – a fairly broad appellation which can run the gamut from a fairly liberal and way tolerant place like St. John Fisher in My Fair City to a Bob Jones University on the scarier end – but a Quaker college. It’s troubling to think that something like this could happen anywhere, but at an institution run by the Quakers–? I always see them as being like the uber-good-guys (and gals). In fact, having visited George Fox when my sister was there, I know that there are lots of really fine folks there. No doubt there’s lots of shock and soul searching going on.

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