On Thursday, the United Methodist Church’s South Central Jurisdiction voted to dismiss petitions that would have blocked Southern Methodist University from housing the George W. Bush presidential library and an attached partisan institute. In response, opponents of the planned library “made a long-shot appeal” to “the church’s highest lawmaking body“:
Jeannie Trevino-Teddlie asked the judicial council to examine SMU’s leasing of the land below market value for the public policy institute, which is part of the presidential library complex.
She questioned whether the action met SMU and church rules, which require campus buildings to be used for educational or religious purposes. She said the lease “would subsidize a specific political and ideological point of view.”