It was good to see Tim Stafford writing on multiculturalism and political correctness [“Campus Christians and the New Thought Police,” Feb. 10]. But I was disappointed with his answer concerning why Christians aren’t provided the same privileges on campus as ethnic or other minority groups.
Evangelical whining seems consistently to ignore that evangelical Christianity was once dominant in this country. “Our” point of view enjoyed a hegemony never shared by African-Americans, for instance. So our claims to unique and final truth will (and should) continue to be ignored or denied as long as we associate them with this hegemony. We must also stop pretending that oppressive political correctness is something only the other guy can be guilty of.
In his sidebar, Les Parrott III writes, “In PC land, the middle ground disappears. Either you are pro-gay rights or you are homophobic.” But has Mr. Parrott tried to discuss a “middle ground” on abortion with evangelicals lately?
I don’t understand Stafford’s complaint. Proselytizing is not any less welcome than it ever was on college campuses. It isn’t that Christians are “dumb” about their religion, as chaplain Russ Roide asserts, not that we are “afraid.” Jesus said to spread the good news, not to hound people to death with it. If people can’t tell I’m a Christian from the way I live my life, and if they never ask me about my religious beliefs, why should I try to shove it down their throats? I think Christians are much more effective as such when they do good works and truly care about others and respect individual cultures and belief systems than when they go around spouting their party line.
Georgianne Herndon Harris
Albuquerque, N. Mex.1
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