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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-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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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-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-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-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 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 5:39 PM

Elphaba: And you are an excellent example.

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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-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 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-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-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-11-13 1:50 PM

So why did they really cancel the show?

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Oct-11-13 8:02 PM

Typically disgusting, not so much the refusal but for the reason given. They need to travel more. Oh ya they don't want to fall off the edge... of the earth. It’s sad they will never progress intellectually beyond the ninth grade. Perfect for a carrier in republican politics though.

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Oct-12-13 10:22 AM

The mission of Martin Luther College is to train a corps of Christian witnesses who are qualified to meet the ministry needs of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) and who are competent to proclaim the Word of God faithfully and in accord with the Lutheran Confessions in the Book of Concord.

To fulfill this mission, Martin Luther College carries out all instruction and programs of student life according to the gospel as revealed in the inspired and inerrant Word of God.

With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the college desires

•To strengthen the student in a consecrated spirit of love for God and his Word;

•To educate the student for faithful, capable, intelligent citizenship in today’s world;

•To assist the student in acquiring the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed for service in the church and for lifelong learning; and

•To encourage the student in developing and demonstrating a heart for service in the church, community, and world.

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Oct-12-13 1:21 PM

I’ve always assumed education was about learning the truth about things, not brain washing. This sort of reasoning is spread like a virus and does nothing to further anyone’s understanding of anything. It is like nicotine, it only serves to perpetuate itself. I agree with people saying every word in the bible is true. It is true every word in the bible is a word. Why are “the faithful” so afraid to hear something contrary to what they are told to think. It really is kinda Talabanish don’t you think. Remember Malala and the reason she was shot in the head.

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Oct-12-13 2:25 PM

FYI, In case anyone doesn’t know the play, “Inherit the Wind” was based on a real trial that took place in 1925. The case is formally known as, The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes and is commonly referred to as the, Scopes Monkey Trial. The movie came out in 1960. It was also remade for television in 1977 and 1988. It is true that the trial was in part staged for publicity. The play was written in response to the chilling effect of the McCarthy era investigations on intellectual discourse. – Wikipedia For the purpose of understanding the ignorance of McCarthyism alone is reason enough to show the play. For some ignorance is truly bliss. Yes, how sad.

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Oct-12-13 6:52 PM

Your comment is full if bigotry, Dana.

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Oct-14-13 12:28 PM

mnsotn, please explain.

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Oct-14-13 5:47 PM

Dana - Regardless of the author’s intent (to comment on McCarthyism), the content of the play focuses on the creation vs. evolution debate, and it does so in a way that is neither faithful to the historical facts of the Scopes case nor objective and unbiased. To put it plainly, the play is anti-creation propaganda. It should surprise no one that a college that believes the words of Genesis is not willing to lend its support to a play that distorts and ridicules that position.

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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-15-13 12:44 PM

MT, the play is indeed focused on creation v. evolution. However, its genesis was to expose how baseless statements made by McCarthey could divide the country and how dangerous that can be. I think a better statement from MLC would be “we teach our philosophy (as if) it were true” would be more honest and less scary. Mn, I can accept it when it is proven or even provable. It is their right absolutely as is my right to challenge with my view which simply is I think the reasoning for the refusal was silly.

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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-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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