This is a Seminary?

April 04, 2007

While most people have finally seen the light and criticized shock-commentator Ann Coulter, Southern Evangelical Seminary will have her on campus to speak. The school's President, Alex McFarland, attempted to justify the event:

Who among us hasn't said something intemperate from time to time? ... The bottom line is that (her) book 'Godless' is a powerful one, and the message she will be bringing, 'The Consequences of a Godless Nation,' is a message that needs to be heard.
There are a couple of problems with his remark. First of all, we should not excuse her hateful remarks just because everyone says bad things. Most people do not sink to her level, and she has a problem most times she opens her mouth (not just "from time to time"). Second, her arguments in the book he mentions are also problematic. Last year, I wrote a column for Ethics Daily pointing out some of the problems in her over-the-top rhetoric.

For a seminary to invite Coulter to speak--even before the recent controversy--suggests they are focusing too much on politics and that they are not troubled by hateful and inappropriate rhetoric. Could they really not find a Christian speaker to come address these issues in an ethical and Christ-like manner?