November 1, 2013
October 15, 2013
Much of the coverage of the government showdown has focused on a relatively small group of hardline conservatives within the Republican caucus who have backed their party’s leaders into a fight they didn’t want. As Ryan Lizza noted in The New Yorker…
September 23, 2013
... the reaction after the world premiere of "Mission Congo," a new documentary directed by Lara Zizic and David Turner that alleges that Virginia Beach televangelist Pat Robertson exploited a 1990s crisis in Rwanda by diverting facilities of his Operation Blessing charity organization to an African diamond mining venture, in which Robertson had holdings.
Pat Robertson founded Regent University in 1977, centered upon his unique, evangelical-charismatic theology. Regent’s vision as stated on its web site is “to provide Christian leadership in transforming society by affirming and teaching principles of truth, justice and love as described in the Holy Scriptures, embodied in the person of Jesus Christ and enabled through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Today, as it was when I worked there in 1982-87, Regent University’s philosophy is narrowly focused upon the theological perceptions of one man: Pat Robertson. In earlier decades at Regent, the academic leadership appeared to be more conventional by including a president and a free-standing board, separate from the CBN television ministry. In 2009 Dr. M. G. "Pat" Robertson is listed as President and Chancellor. This suggests that Robertson is closely involved at all levels of operations and governance. Regent University remains “A Different Kind of University,” as I described it back then, now after thirty-two years—apparently in keeping with the wishes of its founder, Pat Robertson.
Dr. Carlos Campo has stepped down as Regent University's president, less than a month into the school year.Campo came to Regent in 2008 as a chief academic officer. He was tabbed to succeed Pat Robertson as president in late 2009 and took over in the summer of 2010.School officials said the decision to leave came from Campo. He wouldn't go into much detail Saturday, saying he'd signed a clause restricting what he could say.http://hamptonroads.com/2013/09/regent-university-president-campo-stepping-down
March 25, 2013
Governor McDonnell placed William Goodwin on the UVa board to be a guiding influence. Meanwhile various "sunlight" organizations also have reported him to be a large financial contributor (over half a million dollars) to McDonnell's political activities.
Goodwin, with unilateral behavior similar to Helen Dragas, has proved tobe as much of a distraction from accepted board procedures as has Ms. Dragas. He did not attend the University as an undergraduate, and he shows little respect for UVa's core principles in his comments to the press and in online streaming of BOV meetings. It's hard to believe he runs his own
business that way.
Goodwin is a Virginia Tech grad who later got an MBA at UVa. His counsel would be more appropriate in Blacksburg at his alma mater. Gov. McDonnell holds a law degree from Pat Robertson's Regent U. and he's Robertson's kind
of leader. That's hardly in keeping with Thomas Jefferson's world view. The UVa Founder championed separation of church and state and opposed unilateral, monarchical governance.
UVa is a university where Jefferson gave
priority to prohibitions against the establishment of religion, just as he did in founding our nation.
Goodwin's comments are difficult for educated people to support. He claims that public access to meetings and Freedom of Information requests are harmful to BOV procedures. He fails to mention that UVa is a public university—one of the best—and its activities are open to public scrutiny.
He has compared his own view of BOV issues to how he deals with his personal marital relationship.
How can a world-class faculty respect a Board member who talks and thinks like that? Thus Gov. McDonnell and his supporters have put both our university and our state in jeopardy; the results will lead to economic losses, not just jokes on TV shows. Who wants to do business in such an atmosphere? Or go to college where these attitudes rule? Whose Virginia is this? Clearly not Jefferson's.
Jefferson often wrote about the University of Virginia as he envisioned it; he wrote in Dec. 1820:
"This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it."
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And Jefferson also wrote, "I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, ..." -- Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, Paris, January 30, 1787.
If we believe that Jefferson's University of Virgina is a part of our public heritage, it's time we did something besides accept homilies and platitudes from a governor who is uncommitted to mainstream higher education and from his political appointees. Seems a little rebellion may be a good thing.
We will "never give up"
Thus it may be upswetting (!) to Wm Goodwin and the rest of the right-wing opponents to free speech on the UVa BOV that there are hundreds of students, faculty and alumni who will "never give up" to their rightwing ilk who would take over Mr. Jefferson's University and turn it into a figment of their own creation.
This is the sort of thing that this element has been wont to do--often gaining control--once they have infiltrated the governing boards of schools, colleges, churches and political parties, located around our state and nation. The GOP itself is a case in point.
Any and all of us who bother to read a newspaper (not just watch TV) are well aware that stagnation and stalemates afflict our country at many levels--and often have their origins among the right-wing marauders whose agendas are rooted in disasters of a previous age, including the guilt by association of McCarthyism and the civil disorder brought on by low-level murders (including school children) and high-profile assignations (of Presidents and cabinet members).For good doses of widespread courage and flawed human leadership, I recommend "The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill," Volume 3: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965; research by Wm Manchester, writing by J. Reid. (Amazon for Kindle/iPad in my case.)
October 3, 2012
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