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"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Monday, December 18, 2006

The Bush Library? Not in my backyard.

When word came out that Bush's presidential library was being planned, it was also part of the deal that something of a right-wing think tank was part of the deal. That seems to have some scholars at the school "considered the frontrunner among the three" candidates worried.

The blog of Paul Burka, the senior executive editor of the magazine Texas Monthly, includes excerpts of a letter written to SMU's president by faculty, administrators, and staff of the university's Perkins School of Theology, worrying about siting the library at the university. In it, they say they would:

...regret to see SMU enshrine attitudes and actions widely deemed as ethically egregious: degradation of habeas corpus, outright denial of global warming, flagrant disregard for international treaties, alienation of long-term U.S. allies, environmental predation, shameful disrespect for gay persons and their rights, a pre-emptive war based on false and misleading premises, and a host of other erosions of respect for the global human community and for this good Earth on which our flourishing depends.

In the most unironic twist to the story, part of the opposition to hosting the legacy of this notoriously secretive and ideologically driven administration lies in... well, you've probably already figured it out.

But [Associate Professor of Christian Education Susanne Johnson] said that the campus has been left 'uninformed and naive' about President Bush’s plans to create a policy center to promote his view of the world."