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Re: [LS] more promoting of the g agenda...

As one of Baylor's most published graduates, I wince every time that I see
Baylor in the news.

One of my heroes while there was Brand the Iconoclast, a local
journalist/muckraker who had delighted in taking Baylor to task in the 19th
century.  Several of us visited his gravesite frequently to read poetry.
Before the 20th century, someone had shot a pistol at the headstone, and
when back in Waco for its first gay pride parade in 1996, I confirmed that
the headstone still sports the gunshot defacement.

Brand once said that it takes a Baylor professor more effort and energy to
take up pen or pencil to write anything than it does for a farmer to plow a
field of corn.  Apparently it still does.

When Sinclair Lewis visited in the 20's, he described Waco as a "totem pole
surrounded by Baptists."  Even in the 1950s Waco continued to have only one
tall building.

Amy Lowell smoked a cigar at a banquet the trustees gave when she visited,
and staff worked like crazy to be sure that those most likely to be offended
would be facing away from her and unable to see.

Shortly after I graduated in 1958, Abner McCall, long the dean of the Law
School, became the first layman president since the founder in 1845, Judge
Baylor, McCall soon learned that Baptist preachers can eat lay people alive
in ways they would never do to another Baptist preacher.

One such preacher visited with some high school students in his
congregations who were looking Baylor.  The preacher had heard of the
international reputation of the Baylor theatre, second only to Yale at the
time, and bought tickets for his group  to see the first amateur production
ever authorized by Eugene O'Neill's widow of "Long Day's Journey in Night."
After the third or fourth "God-dammit" (many within the first few minutes of
the play and throughout), the preacher and his teenagers walked out in a
huff.  President McCall attended the next night at the preacher's irate
insistence, and after the first or second "God-dammit" McCall called for
lights and canceled the show.

Paul Baker, the director of Baylor Theater, resigned in disgust and moved to
Trinity University, an Episcopal institution in San Antonio.  He also
continued to run his theatre in Dallas, which Frank Lloyd Wright had
designed.  I once had the privilege of driving Frank Lloyd Wright from the
Waco Airport, but that is yet another story (told in  my poem "Clutching the
Hems of American History" at http://www.poetrykit.org/pkmag/pkmag4/009.htm
about 1/3rd of the way down in the poem.

Paul  Baker, Burgess Meredith, and Charles Lawton had all studied together
in London years earlier; Meredith and Lawton were in student productions at
Baylor every year I was there.  Obviously those talents, like Maupan's,
count for nothing when a bigot goes to war.

The same old same old.

Lutibelle/Louie, B.A. Baylor, 1958; M.A. Auburn, 1959; Ph.D. Alabama, 1971;
D.D. EDS, 1999; D.D. GTS, 2003; D.H.L. CDSP, 2004
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Sent: Saturday, September 17, 2005 9:53 AM
Subject: [LS] more promoting of the g agenda...

Baylor University orders removal from campus store


Posted: September 17, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern

C 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

Officials at Baylor University told the Starbucks store on
its Waco, Texas, campus to remove a cup said to promote

The offending cup, part of a series with quotes from
various American thinkers called "The Way I See It,"
features the words of homosexual novelist Armistead

It reads:

"My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it for
so long. I surrendered my youth to the people I feared
when I could have been out there loving someone. Don't
make that mistake yourself. Life's too damn short."
Baylor University, the world's largest Baptist school,
refused to comment on the issue, said KCEN-TV in central
Texas. Employees at the campus Starbucks said none of
their customers had complained about the cup, but they
removed it.


Cup part of Starbucks' 'The Way I See It' campaign
(courtesy: Seattle Times)

The cup also has drawn the attention of a national
Christian women's organization, which accuses the
Seattle-based coffee maker of promoting a homosexual

Concerned Women for America, which says most of the quotes
are liberal, believes corporations have a responsibility
to reflect the diversity of their customers by taking a
balanced approach or staying out of divisive social issues
altogether, the Seattle Times reported.

"Corporations have deeper pockets and therefore more
influence than individuals do," said Maureen Richardson,
director of Concerned Women for America of Washington.

"I think it's wiser for them to stay out of these issues
so that they don't offend conservatives and people of

Starbucks spokeswoman Audrey Lincoff told the Times the
campaign is only to encourage discourse, not to take a
political stand.

"If you think back to the history of the old coffee
houses, before the Internet, these were places to
converse," she said. "That's part of what the coffee
culture has been for a century or more."

The artists include actor Quincy Jones, New Age author and
alternative-medicine doctor Deepak Chopra, radio host and
film critic Michael Medved, rap artist Chuck D, Olympic
medalist Michelle Kwan and National Review editor Jonah

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