I want to commend you for your coverage of the Baylor Religion Survey and its profile of voters in the 2016 presidential election, including religious beliefs of those voting for Donald Trump. While Dr. Keith Dowell tries to split hairs over a “Trump supporter” versus a “Trump voter” in his Sept. 17 letter next to Bill Whitaker’s column [“Baylor survey on religious Trump voters possibly sacrilegious but plenty enlightening”], Whitaker went to the meat of the matter: how so many are corrupting their supposed Christianity to fit into their hard-shell conservatism and prejudices.
It breaks my heart every time I go to church and hear right-wing propaganda spouted as Gospel. A couple of guys in Sunday school class are always talking about “political correctness run amok,” which basically means they can’t call a guy a “n*****” openly without paying a social price for their prejudice. And a woman laments about how, in this most freedom-loving of countries, Christianity is supposedly under attack from all sides. They seem to view it as a zero-sum game: The only way others can be free is at the expense of their brand of Christianity and they see themselves as persecuted. We’re about to be inundated in the months-long celebration of Christmas (which our family heartily enjoys) but they will still moan about the imaginary “war on Christmas.”
All of this, from the Baylor sex scandals and coverups to this incestuous marriage of evangelical Christianity to the GOP, is a very poor witness for Christ, who is supposed to be the focus of our thoughts and efforts.
David Bower, Hillsboro
God gives us truth in many ways. “To everything there is a season,” penned the Ecclesiastical preacher. In the winter quarter of 1956 at Baylor University, another believer, P.D. Browne, paused his presentation of trig functions and moved toward a north window, reflecting on December’s beautifully falling snow. “And some say there is no god,” our beloved math mentor said softly. Unobtrusively but powerfully Mr. Browne quietly expressed his faith that day. Unforgettable.
Sadly, Baylor’s 2017 football season broadcasts quite different messaging. From McLane’s scoreboard issue deafening decibels of vulgarity via its “Name That Tune” venue. Surely our entertainment engineers aren’t declaring disbelief in God. But do they realize that some penalties cannot be declined?
I implore these personnel to place this play under review and consider Christ’s words in Matthew 12:37: “By your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” I want to believe the pro ecclesia portion of Baylor’s legacy can still win out before the final whistle sounds. Till then, no season tickets here.
Kay King, BU alumna, Waco