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Anti-Wiccan posters found offensive (1)

On Monday evening flyers were posted along the Infinite Corridor with three headings: "Witchcraft is Wickedness," "Wicca is a Whore," and "Jesus Can Set You Free." I have been unable as of yet to reach Michael W. Courtney G (who, I am glad to say, signed the flyer) for more discussion of whom or what he was targeting here at MIT. However, it still is important to me to make clear in a public way that Courtney's attack and method does not represent Christianity. I feel this is especially necessary because of other intolerant and harassing methods used by some groups and individuals already operating on this campus -- groups and individuals which call themselves Christian.

I, too, am a Christian and I deplore these methods of name-calling and using the Bible as a weapon. Choosing incendiary titles (eg., "Wicca is a Whore") and quoting biblical texts out of context do not speak well of a Christian apologist or of the nature of Christianity. It deliberately sets up a battleground rather than a place to listen together for the Word of God that might be spoken by the other. The Bible is filled with instances of God choosing unexpected spokespersons -- kings of enemy countries, prostitutes, children. If we are shouting so loudly at one another, we will hardly be able to hear if God is speaking through the one we are attacking.

Courtney's attack is not representative of Christianity. Name-calling is never helpful and often hurtful -- to the name-caller even more than to those being attacked. I, as a Christian, and we as the MIT community, have much to fear from the presence of such intolerant attacks than we ever have from witches.

The Rev. Susan P. Thomas->

Lutheran Chaplain at MIT->