Letters to the editorNov. 11, 2005
Removal in line with theology
While some people think Tim Smith's removal from Hankamer's advisory board was discriminatory in nature, I believe Dr. Terry Maness did the right thing.
Homosexuality is a sin in God's eyes. It is wrong. It is that simple. While one example claimed that living a homosexual lifestyle was the sin equivalent to a speeding ticket, I would have to disagree. Smith had a leadership role for the school of business and thus for Baylor. With that role comes additional responsibility. Baylor cannot condone his lifestyle by having him in that leadership role.
The great thing about being a private, religious university is that we are not held to the same set of rules as the rest of the public. While his removal in the corporate world may be viewed as discriminatory, the corporate world functions in an environment that cannot set rules according to any religion or its beliefs. Baylor is a Baptist university first and foremost. Homosexuality is not condoned according to those beliefs. Baylor has always been very clear on that stance.
Everyone has choices to make. With those choices come consequences. Everyone knows Baylor's principles and policies before making a choice to attend school here.
Smith knew that his removal from a leadership position was a possible consequence for his lifestyle. If you don't like the conditions of this environment, then you have the choice not to be part of it.
This school has attained its excellence and reputation because of its steadfast commitment to its religious foundation. If we compromise that foundation, we will lose everything that got us to where we are today.
AIDS awareness important
Student Global AIDS Campaign is not working to educate people only about AIDS in Africa. In his column, Jon Schroeder's says "someone over there is HIV positive." It is not people over there. The campaign is about people in this town, people in the United States, people in Africa, the people on every continent who are infected.
Each T-shirt will include an information card about the disease and how it relates to college-age Americans, i.e. him and the rest of Baylor students. His statement that "student money shouldn't be spent on AIDS awareness" is appalling. What should we spend it on? Certainly not social justice, but entertainment events and social functions? I hardly believe these are more appropriate uses.
In regards to our allocation from the Student Life Fund, we understand Mark Laymon's decision. We were assured by the Finance Committee and by our bill's sponsors that this was a constitutional request, which is why we continued the process.
The decision by student government in no way hinders our campaign. I feel confident this project will be a success, even without Student Life Fund support.
Furthermore, we have been working since last spring to put this project together. We began selling T-shirts in August and have thus far sold almost 1,000. We are fully confident that we will meet and exceed our goal, even if Schroeder doesn't order a shirt, as he hasn't yet.
In response to his comment that we should "put our efforts into something with more tangible results," this event will affect every single student on campus in just one day. This is unprecedented on Baylor's campus.
Chapter Leader, SGAC
University scholars 2007