Letters to the EditorSept. 20, 1996
Thank you Dr. Bishop
Thank you Dr. Michael Bishop!
Thank you for excellent journalistic instincts that made you suspicious of the Siebens Foundation, and for so capably presenting the case that Baylor University should shy away from any association with them. Thank you for staying the course, too often alone, and for the courage to withstand the pressure and isolation tactics that were brought to bear upon you. Your courageous leadership has helped preserve Baylor's academic reputation - for the time being.
Dr. Lewis Barker
Psychology, neuroscience professor
God tests Baylor
I must say, I am disappointed by the controversy represented in the Baylor Lariat during the past few days. The recent issue of denied employment on the grounds of religious discrimination is being terribly misrepresented, and the importance of the matter is being ignored.
What we have here lies deeper than a case of discrimination. Our University is being put to the test -- outsiders are looking at us under a microscope, looking for any excuse to critique what they believe to be a Christian institution.
Baylor University is a Christian school, and for that we should absolutely not be ashamed. I'm glad to see God publicly testing our administrators, faculty, and students. Every now and then, it's important that something like this happens to remind ourselves what we stand for and where our values lie. But I'm sorry to see that so many people are upset with the way the administration has handled things.
Matthew 22:37 reads, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' Here at Baylor we should not only be allowed, but encouraged to do so, giving God the glory for our education and experiences.
Perhaps it seems unfair that employment was not granted on the basis of 'lack of devout religious practices.' And I agree that these grounds seem a little extreme. But I came to Baylor because of its wonderful Christian atmosphere as well as the high academic standard it upholds. And I know I'm not alone in that respect. With this in mind, I'm glad the administration takes personal qualities into consideration when making decisions regarding faculty.
Don't get me wrong; I don't think we should be sheltered from reality. Nor should we come across as narrow-minded. But when you're a Christian student, it's comforting to know that your professors don't always view things in a secular way. It's also nice to not be expected to compromise your standings during the educational process.
... Way to go, Dr. Sloan!
Stephanie Marie Zuniga
Class of 2000
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