Northwestern University has rescinded an invitation to Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. to receive an honorary Doctorate of Sacred Theology in June due to the controversy of recent weeks. It is a shame that the University focused on the fact of a “controversy” as opposed to the merits. Despite his spin, Wright’s words have been legitimately denounced and he appears intent on fueling the controversy to the considerable disadvantage of Sen. Obama.
University Relations Vice President Alan Cubbagey announced: “In light of the controversy around Dr. Wright and to ensure that the celebratory character of commencement not be affected, the university has withdrawn its invitation to Dr. Wright.”
I suppose it was too much to ask for a frank statement along the lines of “in light of Dr. Wright’s looney statements about the government inventing AIDS and his hostile remarks concerning the United States, we would rather give a potted plant a degree.” Perhaps that was the first draft before it went to editing.
By the way, isn’t a “sacred theology” just a bit redundant? What would be the non-sacred theology? Isn’t that like receiving a degree in “secular atheism”?
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