Administrators huff that they’re not tossing the cross aside–just putting it away when necessary to prevent students from being offended:
In an e-mail to the college community Friday, William and Mary President Gene R. Nichol said:
“Questions have lately been raised about the use of the Wren Chapel and the cross that is sometimes displayed there.
“Let me be clear. I have not banished the cross from the Wren Chapel. The chapel, as you know, is used for religious ceremonies by members of all faiths. The cross will remain in the chapel and be displayed on the altar at appropriate religious services.
“But the chapel is also used frequently for college events that are secular in nature — and should be open to students and staff of all beliefs. Whether celebrating our happiest moments, marking our greatest achievements, or finding solace during our most profound sadness, our chapel, like our entire campus, must be welcoming to all.
“I believe a recognition of the full dignity of each member of our diverse community is vital.”
Nichol added that he welcomed a broader college discussion on how the chapel could best reflect the school’s values.
How about leaving the cross where it stands and telling students to grow up and demonstrate real tolerance?
Brian at Snapped Shot has contact info for the College of William and Mary.