A comment from reader MW provoked further thoughts on this weekend's protest against President Bush by an assortment of Calvin College faculty, alumni, and students:
I would have thought having the President of the United States give the commencement address at a small college would have been a sufficiently special event to unite that institution regardless of individual political differences.
I think it was, which tells me that the protestors inordinately value their political opinions over the comity of their fellow faculty, alumni, and students. I think this is unfortunate. It is troublesome when politics are more important than the social ties that bind us.
Moreover, it becomes repellant when religion is trucked in to sanctify the primacy of political divisions.
At least their protest produced a moment for the rest of us to reflect upon the permament things that make for a good life.