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Faculty Senate vote was 'opportunistic'

Sept. 11, 2003

Letter to the editor

I will readily confess that I am an ardent supporter of Baylor 2012 and of President Sloan. His vision for Baylor is at once bold and necessary if Baylor will offer an alternative to the pervasive secularism present in American higher education. A clear and distinct Christian voice is necessary in American higher education, and Baylor is in a singular position to provide that voice, due in no small part to Sloan's leadership. I understand that my criticism of the Faculty Senate's vote will be understood as a logical consequence of my support for Sloan and his vision. I harbor no illusions of objectivity. With this preface, it comes as no surprise in my saying that I am critical of their vote of no confidence. For the first time in three years, I am embarrassed to be a member of the Baylor community. Professor Walbesser's call for this vote at this time is at best opportunistic and at worst wholly lacking in Christian charity, which, at least in theory, all members of the Baylor faculty claim to uphold.

This criticism is not directed at the right of the faculty to criticize Baylor's current leadership. Walbesser and his colleagues who oppose Sloan and his policies may do so without violating the least bit of Christian love; they have the right to criticize their administration as they see fit. However, to call for this vote at this time smacks of mere opportunism. To use the death of a Baylor family member as the impetus for a vote of no confidence is a shameful action and reflects poorly on both Baylor's faculty and students.

R. Scott Rasnic

M.A. Religion/Literature