This morning, the Washington Post reported, “Southern Methodist University is now the lone candidate in exclusive talks for the George W. Bush Presidential Library.” According to the story, the entire SMU community is thrilled about the prospect:
SMU officials, students and university supporters said the Bush library negotiations represent great opportunity.
“It doesn’t matter what your politics are,” said Dawn Moore, an SMU graduate and Dallas attorney. “What history we’ve had in his eight years is all of our history. It will be great for SMU.”
The Washington Post makes no mention of protests by SMU faculty, administrators, and staff, reported earlier this week by the Texas Monthly. In a Dec. 16 letter to Board of Trustees president R. Gerald Turner, members of SMU’s Perkins School of Theology urged the board to “reconsider and to rescind SMU’s pursuit of the presidential library.” An excerpt:
We count ourselves among those who would regret to see SMU enshrine attitudes and actions widely deemed as ethically egregious: degradation of habeas corpus, outright denial of global warming, flagrant disregard for international treaties, alienation of long-term U.S. allies, environmental predation, shameful disrespect for gay persons and their rights, a pre-emptive war based on false and misleading premises, and a host of other erosions of respect for the global human community and for this good Earth on which our flourishing depends. … [T]hese violations are antithetical to the teaching, scholarship, and ethical thinking that best represents Southern Methodist University
The Washington Post report is a reprint of a story written for McClatchy Newspapers. The full McClatchy story briefly mentions the protests, but that portion was edited out of the version printed in the Washington Post.