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Oct. 24, 2000

Pregnancy policy's enforcement is fair

I would just like to voice my whole-hearted agreement with Heather Brown's letter in Thursday's Lariat.

What does Baylor think it's doing? Obviously, we cannot change with the times and still 'deserve to call ourselves a Christian university.' One of the beauties of the Christian faith is that it has not changed at all in over 2000 years, and can operate completely independent of cultural influences.

It is a monument to the strength of our faith that we still, 2000 years later, believe that women should keep silent in the church. Obviously, when Paul wrote this, he was not thinking of trying to make Christianity a little easier for the persecution-happy Romans, who did not think much of women, to accept.

He was giving us the iron-clad commandment of the Almighty for all times, verbatim. Just think -- this is only one example of the myriad non-culture influenced commandments of the Lord which we have kept unchanged throughout Christian history.

Heaven forbid that we, as a Christian institution, share the 'kind of witness' that might accidentally give people the impression that we can accept a person's sins and mistakes, and are more than the intolerant, closed-minded entity that some people believe us to be.

Sarcasm aside.

Like it or not, we are a university. We are here to educate and be educated while doing the 'Christian mission' thing. Even sinners deserve to be educated. I don't believe that, by not not having university policies which would punish a young lady who makes a mistake that is against Biblical teaching, Baylor is violating its 'Christian mission.'

Baylor policies, if they truly are intended to reflect Christ's teachings, would embrace these women. It would allow them to stay at Baylor and offer aid to them and their children -- is that not what Jesus would have done? There are other problems with such 'sin-punitive' policies -- where do you draw the line?

What sins, since all are equal in the eyes of God, deserve University sanctioned punitive measures? Should we perform background checks on all students to make sure that no transgressions of this nature were committed prior to enrollment? The whole problem reflects a double standard anyway -- has anyone ever thought about those 'sinners' who get the women pregnant outside of marriage? By adjusting policies with the times, Baylor has, intentionally or not, become more fair and more in line with Christ's teachings.

Brown, I invite you to take a course in Christian history. Christianity has 'changed with the times' from the outset. For a Christian institution to refuse to do the same is ludicrous. The beauty and permanence of the Bible lie in its adaptability. Just because we don't take punitive action, or openly speak out against women who become pregnant before marriage doesn't mean that we, as an institution, are declaring the 'sin' acceptable.

Jesus consorted with sinners without condemning them, but I don't hear too many people (other than those hypocritical Pharisees) gripe about Jesus being a hypocrite.

Britta Spann

University Scholar '01

Citizens must act, reform campaigns

'Freedom is participation in power.'

However, as it stands today, participation in power is reserved for a handful of multinational corporations and our elected officials who pander their unabashed bribery.

This was the message proclaimed loud and clear by presidential candidate, Ralph Nader, last Wednesday evening at a rally in Austin. Mincing no words, Nader stated that so long as Washington remains fettered by corporate money, the multifarious voices of the American public will not be heard.

Question 1: Do corporations vote? Will RJR-Nabisco, General Motors, Sara Lee and Time-Warner cast a vote on Nov. 7? Of course not! Only U.S. Citizens have the right to vote.

Question 2: Then why are those groups legally allowed to pass millions of dollars to political candidates and parties in return for their support on favorable federal policy? The answer to the second questions is 'because we allow them to!'

If you are concerned about this issue, I urge you to learn more about the Democrat, Republican, Green and Reform Party positions regarding it. Then ask yourself, will the two major party candidates really make an effort to stop these groups from giving them millions of dollars once you elect them into office?

If your answer is even half honest, then the next question must be: Will we continue to allow the few to decide how the rest shall be governed or will we take our democracy back into the hands of the people and vote big business out of office? The decision is in our hands.

On Nov. 7, expect more from your leaders -- vote your hopes, not your fears.

Ron Rowe

Philosophy '01