Archive for February 20, 2009

A while back, the board at Oral Roberts University got together, booted out Richard Roberts and his cougar wife and brought in a pro to correct the ills brought against it.

What the entry to the prayer tower used to say

What the entry to the prayer tower used to say

Looks like Dr. Mark Rutland is bringing the shine back to Oral Roberts University, as noted in the Tulsa World.

The long tradition of prayer at Oral Roberts University will enter a new era Saturday with the rededication of the prayer room in the prayer tower at the center of campus.

It should be rededicated, and resanitized. Isn’t that where Oral Roberts isolated himself until God brought in $8 million? And who knows, maybe that’s where Richard hid all the college’s cash… and Lindsay hid the co-eds she texted during study hall.

But now, the hallowed and infamous prayer tower has been renovated and reinvigorated:

“We wanted to create a sacred space on the ORU campus,” said Clarence V. Boyd, Jr., dean of student development – campus ministries, “a quiet place where people can go to seek the Lord on an individual basis.”

I have plenty o’friends who attend ORU, and survived the Richard Roberts regime of slime.

I’m thrilled to say Mark Rutland is already making a difference. And bringing this school back to the basics – and back to its roots – is one giant step in the right direction.

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Let’s say you have an encyclopedia called, “The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization.”

censorshipAnd if you were a publisher, give them a hybrid bozo name like Wiley-Blackwell, you would create a nice forward to this Christian-focused book series that extols Jesus, Christianity and the divine providence of God. Well, you would, right?

Well, imagine my chagrin believing this hypothetical when I read this story from the Christian Post and read the line:

Wiley-Blackwell, a major academic publisher, is recalling copies of Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization and scrapping the print run after critics said the entries were “too Christian” and “too anti-Muslim.”

I’m sorry? You are writing a book focused on Christianity, and you get accused by the dreaded PC police for being “too Christian.” And what’s worse, this spineless jellyfish publisher is actually pulling their CHRISTIAN books off the shelves to comply.

That’s it, Wall Watchers. I’m done. Going home. Checking out. I quit.

“They determined that the introduction and many of the entries were ‘too Christian, too orthodox, too anti-secular and too anti-Muslim and not politically correct enough for being used in universities,” said the encyclopedia’s editor, George Thomas Kurian, sounding angry in an e-mail sent last week to nearly 400 contributors.

OK, about that. You can’t “sound angry” in an e-mail. What, the dude sent it in all caps with mad face emoticons? And here is what Big Brother wants taken out of a Christian Encyclopedia. Wait for it…

Now, the book’s publisher and editorial director want to “de-christianize” all 1,450 entries in the encyclopedia to make it politically correct before it can be reprinted, according to Kurian. He also claimed the press is looking to delete words including, “Antichrist,” “Enemy,” “Beloved Disciple,” “Gates of Hell,” “Witness,” “Virgin Birth,” “Resurrection,” “Evangelism” and any reference with an “evangelical tone.” BC and AD, chronological markers for “Before Christ” and “Anno Domini,” will also likely to dropped.

aclu-vs-godYou know what, I have a better idea. Let’s throw away the Bible, any crucifix you can find, lock up all the priests and preachers and slap the tar out of some nuns because apparently all that Jesus stuff was an aberration and the Church should just huddle up and have bingo night.

I can’t believe I am writing this but isn’t this a job for the ACLU? Isn’t this a horrendous application of censorship? You know, first amendment rights, and all? Any one in the government know anything about a U.S. Constitution?!

If Kurian doesn’t take this publisher out back and “lays hands” on the whole board, Christianity has a lot more to worry about than Barack Obama’s fake “Office of Faith Based and Would you like to be my Neighbor Partnerships.”

Wall Watchers, this story should bother you enough to pray… and maybe send a nice letter of contrition to the publisher, whose PR person can be found here. Not that I’m instigating anything [whistle, whistle, whistle].