Soon after characterizing Calvin as a conservative (i.e. right-wing) evangelical Christian college, Washington Post columnist Dan Froomkin seems to have been convinced otherwise (scroll down to “The Calvin College Rebellion”):
On closer inspection, it turns out that Calvin College is not the bastion of the Christian Right it appeared to be. In fact, judging from my e-mail, it’s a veritable hotbed of those other Christian values — the ones that oppose war, work for social justice, and don’t think much of the president at all.
More recently, The Washington Times (“College ad to protest Bush visit“) and The Detroit Free Press (“Bush visit brings controversy“) reported on an ad to appear in Friday’s Grand Rapids Press, criticizing Bush administration policies. The ad will bear the names of 1/3 of Calvin’s faculty, as well as students and alumni of the college.
The (post-dated) May 23 issue of Newsweek has a “Periscope” article about what led up to Bush’s “invitation” to speak at Calin, in case you haven’t heard yet what went down.
James Stewart discusses Bush’s commencement address in light of Jim Wallis’s recent visit to Calvin, and he points to a temporarily free version of an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education: “President Bush to Face Widespread Faculty Dissent When He Speaks at Evangelical College on Saturday.”
I imagine we’ll be seeing a lot more in the press over the next few days. Stay tuned. And, if you would be so kind, please post a comment here when you find something interesting online about the event.