Wednesday, September 24, 2008

George Fox reacts to effigy depicting Obama

The president of George Fox University this morning denounced the hanging of a likeness of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama on campus along with graffiti aimed at minority recipients of a scholarship program.

President Robin Baker discussed the incident today during the twice-weekly campus service, which was packed. With dozens of Act 6 students and student leaders in front of the stage, he urged students to show that the display, found Tuesday, has no place in Christian ideals.

"We absolutely cannot hate those around us and say we love God," he said. "It is not possible."

"Yesterday was not a good example of what it means to follow Jesus," he said.

Quoting the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln, the president said the university has long had difficulties recruiting nonwhite students and his dream has been to help create a university that "more broadly represents the kingdom of God."

George Fox University, which is in Newberg, was founded in 1891 by Quaker pioneers.

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