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 http://mysite.verizon.net/vze2w4g4/pew_cd.html Lutibelle's Pew on CD -----Original Message----- From: Lightspeed [mailto:INTEGRITY-L@LISTSERV.AMERICAN.EDU]On Behalf Of Sent: Saturday, September 17, 2005 9:53 AM To: INTEGRITY-L@LISTSERV.AMERICAN.EDU 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 homosexuality. 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 Maupin. 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 agenda. 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 faith." 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 Goldberg.
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