Could we allow the money changers and dove sellers that had their tables and chairs physically overturned and thrown about (Matthew 21:12-13) by Jesus to speak at the Rotunda to share their personal experiences with what it was like to have their legal businesses physically assaulted by Jesus? What about Joseph Smith (one-time presidential candidate who claimed to have found some buried golden tablets written in Reformed Egyptian — a language that no one has seen or heard of before or since?) speaking at the Union? John Adams at Hanner, anybody?
"As I understand the Christian religion, it was, and is, a revelation. But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed?" (letter to FA Van der Kemp, December 27, 1816). He radically suggested too many wars are being caused by religions many of us hold dear. Finally, should that lifelong slave holder, Thomas Jefferson, — who had the audacity to cut/paste its own Jefferson bible with only the parts of sacred test he liked — be allowed an open mike on Sweetheart Circle?
We already know what happens when real radicals speak on campus — Sir Mick Jagger spoke at Hanner almost 50 years ago! I say "spoke" in the most general way as he was purported to have screamed at our students, "I can't get no satisfaction" and other unsightly phrases. I wonder where those brainwashed students are now — how their lives were impacted and changed by that encounter. And how have our students been influenced by Jack Kingston ("I don't believe in evolution, only adaptation" - Jan. 28, 2011, 10:15 p.m., national television, HBO). I have personally spotted "no to science" Jack on campus in recent years and know he has publicly spoken off campus as well! Who is funding this radical who is ignoring thousands of refereed scientific articles? Perhaps a Council of the Righteous should be created for GSU (CRGSU) and only those of the highest moral character need apply! Once the CRGSU decides which Ten Commandments are best (Exodus chapter 20 vs. Exodus chapter 34) they could perhaps be strategically posted in buildings along with the penalty for noncompliance (e.g. caught cursing one's father or mother? Penalty=Death (Exodus 21:17); caught working on the weekend? Penalty=Death (Exodus 35:2), etc.). I think the Iranian government has a council along these same lines we could use as a model.
Gregory J. Brock