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from Dr. Walter Williams.
Dr. Williams serves on
the faculty of George
Mason University as
John M. Olin
Economics and is the
author of More Liberty
The ACLU has enjoyed phenomenal success in attacking our religious values. Unless
they are stopped, I guarantee you they won't be satisfied until they get some judge to
order the removal of crosses from the graves at Arlington and other military
The College of William & Mary's Wren Despite this attack, taxpayers and private donors have been extremely generous,
Chapel cross issue is simply the tip of a
much larger problem. For decades,
college administrators and professors
have sanctioned or participated in an
attack on traditional American values.
They've denied campus access to military
recruiters, promoted socialism and
attacked capitalism, and instituted race
and sex quotas in admissions and in the
awarding of scholarships. They've used
their positions of trust to indoctrinate
students with anti-Americanism.
pouring billions upon billions of dollars into institutions that often hold a generalized
contempt for their values.
Mr. McGlothlin is to be congratulated for his courage in taking a stand against this
liberal attack on American values. Other wealthy donors ought to emulate Mr.
McGlothlin's courage by withholding their donations to colleges that foster or sanction
attacks on traditional American values and decency. While it's a bit more difficult, since
their money is taken from them, taxpayers ought to rebel as well by pressuring their
Many college benefactors fondly recall their experiences at their alma maters some 20,
30 or 40 years ago. Often, what they remember bears little or no resemblance to what
goes on at campuses today. With relatively little effort, benefactors can become more
informed simply by visits to the college's website to discover whether there are
activities offensive to their values. If there's an office of diversity, it strongly suggests
the college is practicing some form of race or sex discrimination.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) provides information about
colleges that have "politically correct" speech codes that suppress debate. The Young
America's Foundation (YAF) publishes information about inane courses at some of our
colleges, such as UCLA's "Queer Musicology" or Johns Hopkins' "Mail Order Brides."
Some colleges have brazenly violated donor intent. Princeton University has been
taken to court by the Robertson family for misuse of $207 million of a gift estimated at
$700 million in today's prices. Because they violated donor intent, Boston College,
USC, UCLA, Harvard and Yale have been forced to return multimillion-dollar gifts. It's
high time that donors large and small summon some of Mr. McGlothlin's courage and
hold colleges accountable to standards of decency and honesty.
DR. WALTER WILLIAMS
...A Donor with Backbone
James W. McGlothlin, chairman and CEO of The United
Company of Bristol, Va., and a former member of The
College of William & Mary's Board of Visitors and a
longtime donor, withheld his pledge of $12 million to the
college. He made his decision because of the actions
taken by Gene Nichol, the college president, who ordered
the removal of the cross from Wren Chapel. The cross
had been displayed on the chapel altar since around
1940. Nichol's justification was that he wanted to make the
chapel welcoming to non-Christians.
That's a lie. President Nichol was a chapter president of
the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for North
Florida, and an ACLU board member in North Carolina
and Colorado. The ACLU has maintained an attack on
religious symbols for decades, but usually through the
courts. President Nichol's actions simply spared them a
costly court battle to remove the religious symbol from
William & Mary's Wren Chapel.
Nichol's actions caused a storm of controversy that he
probably didn't anticipate. Caving in to the pressure, on
March 6th, he agreed to return the cross to Wren
experiences at their
alma maters some
20, 30 or 40 years
ago. Often, what
bears little or no
what goes on at