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Dr. Myers, As a Lutheran Pastor I am apalled but not surprised by the recent events at Texas A&M. Please know that there is more than one Christian coalition, and their agenda is antithetical to what you are encountering. Could you e-mail the e address for the regents. At least one letter is coming from New Jersey. Murdoch MacPherson MurdochMac@msn.com ---------- From: H-NET List for History of the Holocaust on behalf of D G Myers Sent: Friday, November 22, 1996 10:54 AM To: Multiple recipients of list H-HOLOCAUST Subject: Antisemitism at Texas A&M Last week a preacher invited to the Texas A&M University by a student organization slurred two Jewish students to their faces. Tom Short, an itinerant evangelist brought to campus by the A&M Christian Fellowship, told one student that, because she is Jewish, she is going "to burn in Hell." He told another Jewish student that "Hitler did not go far enough." The incident has been reported to the Houston office of the Anti-Defamation League of Bnai Brith and to Ray M. Bowen, president of the University. The Faculty Senate has also been asked to condemn Short's comments and to demand a stop to all Christianizing activities at Texas A&M. The Battalion, student daily at Texas A&M, reported the incident in a letter to the editor over the headline "Preacher violates common courtesy." With an overwhelmingly Protestant student population of over 40,000, Texas A&M is a common locus for Christianizing activities that would be deemed inappropriate at most American universities and colleges. The weekend before Short's appearance, for instance, a revival meeting called Gospelfest was held in Rudder Auditorium, the largest theater on campus. In the spring, an annual Passion Play is staged in the quadrangle outside the Memorial Student Center. Every semester a group of Christian faculty purchases a full-page ad in The Battalion, urging students to seek their aid in coming to Jesus. (The faculty list their department affiliations, and the names are then alphabetized by department.) Student government meetings are routinely opened with a non-denominational Christian prayer, and local bookstores sell T-shirts emblazoned with slogans like "Aggies for Christ," which some students make a point of wearing to Jewish professors' classes. The antisemitic preaching of an evangelist brought to campus by a student organization, in short, might be interpreted as the culmination of a clear pattern of religious intolerance at Texas A&M. Subscribers to the H-Holocaust list are urged to protest this outbreak of antisemitism to the Regents of Texas A&M University, members of the Texas state legislature, and Texas representatives to the U.S. Congress. I would welcome other suggestions for courses of action. <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> David Gershom Myers Department of English Texas A&M University College Station TX 77843-4227 409 845-8345 (office) 409 862-2292 (fax) 409 823-8142 (home) email@example.com
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