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Inherit the Wind - how sad

October 5, 2013

To the editor: From The Journal, Sept. 27, 2013, “NUACT production of ‘Inherit the Wind’ cancelled” because of objections by Martin Luther College professors....

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Oct-16-13 6:35 PM

Oh, wait, I take it all back. You lifted that spiel word-for-word from the MLC website.

Plagiarism becomes you, MIT.

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Oct-15-13 10:33 PM

MIT: If things don't work out for you as a highly paid scribe on this site, you have a great future as a brochure writer for MLC.

Very informative stuff.

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Oct-15-13 6:10 PM

I think MLC is within its rights to not allow auditions there, although my take from the Journal articles is that the play was cancelled after the director quit after pressure from his MLC professors, not because of the audition problem. It could have been an excellent opportunity for the school to start a dialogue about the inaccuracies of the play and ask their students to study how it affected Christians, but again, it is their right to do as they chose. I do wonder why the same school is putting on the play Into The Woods, a play about fairy tales, witchcraft and magic that is based on Grimms Fairy Tales. The Grimm Brothers were atheists weren't they? Seems a little hypocritical...

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Oct-15-13 2:12 PM

The scopes trial was about teaching one set of religious views in public schools. The case involved challenging the Butler Act which made it illegal to teach evolution in schools in direct defiance of the Bible. Scopes was found guilty and fined $100.00.

In Tennessee in 1925 the only science taught in all schools was centered on the Bible. Only one doctrine was taught. Those who did not believe in the Bible were given no alternatives.

The play was not simply propaganda to push a pro-evolution agenda as much as it was to expose a law based on a single set of religious views.

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Oct-14-13 6:26 PM

Dana, a simple Google search will give you the definition of a bigot.

big·ot noun \'bi-g?t: a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc. : a bigoted person; especially : a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group)

Your comments about WELS Lutherans certainly falls under the definition of a bigot.

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Oct-12-13 6:52 PM

Your comment is full if bigotry, Dana.

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Oct-11-13 1:50 PM

So why did they really cancel the show?

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Oct-11-13 1:36 AM

No need to feel like an outcast, JR. If we felt that way about everyone that we disagree with on something, we would all feel outcast everywhere we go. Concentrate on what you have in common and build from there. I know many MLC staff and feel very comfortable working with them. Others...not so much. I think you find people like that everywhere, though.

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Oct-10-13 9:30 AM

Geez, MCW I agree. Like I said they interpret the teachings of Jesus differently than I do. It would have taken a higher level of courage for them to go past the status qou and regonize that the whole world doesn't always think like they do. I get it.

Their sandbox. They get to decide who plays in it based on what they believe. End of story.

I have known a great number of MLC folks over the years and it just surprised me. I'm not one of them but I've never felt like an outcast when we have done a number of community based projects together, well, until now that is.

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Oct-09-13 9:34 PM

It goes against their teachings, JR. Why can't you accept that? Allowing them to audition there and go against their teachings would be hypocritical.

Why is MLC being blamed for the show being cancelled? Why couldn't they audition somewhere else? This is the equivalent of canceling a wedding because the venue for the rehearsal dinner fell through.

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Oct-09-13 9:10 AM

Apparently you are (devolved)Elphaba. I thought I had sufficiently dumbed it down so everyone could understand the message. But, you have proved me wrong. And, congratulations are in order. It must be a huge responsibility being appointed the spokesperson for "all".

Let's just leave it that we must subscribe to different brands of Christianity. I for one believe in the compassioniate Jesus.

I won't begin to speculate what you or mnstn believe.

MLC made their decision based on what they thought was best. I can respect that but it does nothing to change the level of disappointment felt.

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Oct-09-13 7:35 AM

I would expect JR to condone hypocritical activity, as he seems to expect from MLC.

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Oct-08-13 5:39 PM

Elphaba: And you are an excellent example.

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Oct-08-13 2:17 PM

JReader... All are dumber (devolved) for having read your commentary on Jesus and the shirt.

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Oct-08-13 8:46 AM

The message of Jesus is quite simple. Put the needs of others in front of your own. He said if you see someone who needs a shirt give it to him. It doesn't say that we are to only give our shirt to those who share our same skin color, political beliefs, or religious views.

The need in this case was also quite simple. It was to use an auditorium for auditions for an upcoming play. The request was granted. The shirt was given to those in need. Only after it was discovered the views expressed in the upcoming play were objectionable to some the shirt was asked to be returned to its giver.

They say talk is cheap. Character is most clearly defined through actions. Acting on Christ's words can be challenging even for a religious institution like MLC.

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Oct-08-13 7:25 AM

With Reformation Day approaching, I wonder if NUACS would let me use their auditorium to put on a Reformation Service. I wonder if some if you would be equally outraged when they say "no."

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Oct-06-13 12:02 PM

Those of you in objection should feel free to raise the funds necessary to construct and operate your own auditorium. Only then, will you have a right to critique what is and isn't supported there.

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Oct-06-13 11:55 AM

Really!? Who "controls" NUACT-college professors from MLC? I don't think so! 'Inherit The Wind' should be rescheduled!

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Oct-05-13 10:19 PM

"For I intend to show this court that what Bertram Cates spoke quietly one spring morning in the Hillsboro High School is not a crime. It is incontrovertible as geometry to any enlightened community of minds."

Oh, well, I guess we're not ready for the 20th Century yet.

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