Wednesday, June 18, 2008
"It is a right-wing think tank being put in place," said Bruce Lincoln, a professor of the history of religions and one of the faculty members who met with the administration Tuesday. "The long-term consequences will be very severe. This will be a flagship entity and it will attract a lot of money and a lot of attention, and I think work at the university and the university's reputation will take a serious rightward turn to the detriment of all."The school is putting about $500,000 and using some buildings being abandoned by its seminary to attract a group of $1 million and $2 million donors. Perhaps Prof. Lincoln thinks that money would have come to a center for the history of religions if it wasn't for that little Milton?
Well, it's worse than that. Here's a copy of the letter, posted by one Michael K Bourdaghs while sitting in a coffee shop in St. Paul, who notes
I guess I should be happy that we at least aren't selling liver transplants to Japanese yakuza gang leaders.Now that's some real collegiality!
h/t: Newmark's Door