Sun. Jan 23rd, 2022

To the Editor:

I don’t know anyone who loves abortion; do you? But on Oct. 5, “Repent America” had us in their sights as though we all love it simply because we walk a college campus. Here are three suggestions for R.A. and anyone liable to cross paths with them.

First are Richard Florida’s The Rise… and The Flight of the Creative Class. The first book investigates why some American cities prosper and others don’t. The second extends the same inquiry globally. Many well-educated, creative people are now in such demand that they can pursue graduate study and careers nearly anywhere they wish in the world.

Alas, the U.S. has started losing it here. A brain drain outwards has begun. When you graduate from WCU, one or more foreign countries may evidently want you more than your native land does, and they’re ready to pay what it takes to attract you. These attractions include the tolerant environment that R.A. would proudly deny you. Given a chance, people whom we need in adulthood as much as in infancy vote against religious bigotry with their feet.

Second, see new findings by the Barna Group, a Christian organization, that the image of Christianity among young adults has hit a new low. Only 16% of non-Christians aged 16-29 have a positive image of Christians. Only 3% do so of evangelicals, who are seen as a judgmental, hypocritical Republican-Party-at-Prayer opposed to science and obsessed with homophobia. R.A., your approach has worn out its welcome and backfired. Keep it up and you’ll bequeath to your benighted children a banana republic that hates the church.

Finally, Saint Augustine’s advice some 1,600 years ago applies especially to officious invaders of groves of academe: “It is a disgraceful and dangerous thing for a stranger to the faith to hear a Christian, presumably giving the meaning of Holy Scripture, talking nonsense on these topics; and we should take all means to prevent such an embarrassing situation, in which people show up vast ignorance in a Christian and laugh it to scorn.” However noisily these folk may claim a monopoly on Christianity, they remain a provincial aberration.

Paul Emmons

Associate Professor of Library Administration

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