Regardless of your political or ideological views, what happened last week with the hanging of the Obama effigy at George Fox University was downright disturbing and disgusting. All folks – including Christians – should have been quick to condemn the stupidity of the act AND consider once more, the important call of the church and Christ followers to the ministry of reconciliation and justice.
And let’s be honest here, it’s not just the Obama stuff…there’s been some vitriolic and outrageous things said of Sarah Palin that are downright outrageous and disgusting. But hardly a peep from the very ones that cry injustice over the Obama Hatorades. One that comes to mind is actress/bad comedian Sarah Bernhard’s “gang-rape” warning to Palin in her one woman show:
The Republican V.P. nom would be “gang-raped by my big black brothers” if she enters Manhattan, Bernhard said. Palin is said to be making a campaign stop in New York next week.
“[The gang rape comment] is part of a much larger, nuanced, and yes, provocative (that’s what I do) piece from my show about racism, freedom, women’s rights and the extreme views of Governor Sarah Palin, a woman who doesn’t believe that other women should have the right to choose,” Bernhard told the Daily News today.
“Women deserve better,” she continued. “I certainly wish Governor Palin no harm. I’d just like her to explain to me how she can hold such outrageous views – and then go back to Alaska.”…
“Now you’ve got Uncle women like Sarah Palin who jumps in this s*** and points her fingers at other women,” Bernhard says, before launching into the several minutes’ long diatribe against Palin, calling her a “turncoat b***”.
Disgusting, racist, and disturbing.
And going back to the effigy story at George Fox, here’s the article. Despite what wanna be conspirators hoped for, the perpetrators were four current students at GFU. The punishment includes community service, multicultural education, and a one year suspension. Is this enough? I sure would love to hear from some of the GFU and GF Seminary students.
So, I award these four unnamed students and Sandra Bernhard my “Stupid Awards.” I don’t want to sound mean but you have to call stupid when you see stupid. Who gets your stupid award?
NEWBERG, Ore. — Four students at George Fox University confessed to hanging an effigy of Sen. Barack Obama from a tree on campus and were suspended for up to a year, school officials announced Tuesday.
The students names were not released.
Other sanctions include community service and multicultural education, which must be completed before the students can return to campus, said Brad Lau, vice president of student life.
The students were singled out during a campus investigation late last week as those responsible for hanging a life-size cardboard cutout from a tree on campus with a sign saying “Act Six reject.”
Act Six is a scholarship and leadership program for Portland students, many of whom are minorities.
“These students were very sorry and deeply grieved by the impact of this event,” Lau said. “Regardless of their intentions, the image of a black man hanging from a tree is one of the most hurtful racist symbols of our history.”
Lau declined to give any details about the investigation or the possible motivation of the four students.
The 3,355-student Christian university, which was founded by Quaker pioneers in 1891, stopped short of dismissing the students permanently. The campus is “a redemptive community, and we allow for the possibility of change,” Lau said.
The FBI is continuing its investigation into possible civil rights violations, including whether the display intimidated minority students in exercising their federal rights, FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele said.
Vanessa Wilkins, a 19-year-old sophomore in the Act Six program, said she is satisfied with the level of punishment of the four students. “I don’t think they knew how far it would go,” she said. “They didn’t understand the repercussions of their actions. I don’t believe the students thought this all the way through.”