October 7, 2007

Happy Birthday Desmond Tutu From Everyone Except Folks in Minnesota

Drumbeats from Retabile tell us about St. Thomas University decision to ban Desmond Tutu from speaking on their campus. It turns out that having an enemy of the state speak on a college campus is easier than getting permission for a Nobel Laureate who was instrumental in ending apartheid in South Africa. C'mon St. Thomas University ... where is the love?

I thought that the decision to cancel Desmond Tutu from speaking on campus was simply a misguided birthday present of some sort. Today (October 7) is Desmond Tutu's birthday. But, it appears that the university officials were concerned that Jewish contributors might be offended by having a Nobel Laureate on their rooty-poot campus. Can you believe it? Who knew that Jewish power brokers held such power in Minnesota. I wouldn't be surprised if these same jerks at St. Thomas University aren't found regularly in Larry Craig's stall at the Minnesota airport.

I hope that some other major university will seize upon the opportunity to invite Desmond Tutu to speak on their campus since St. Thomas is too afraid of the dark to do so. Villagers, any thoughts you care to share on this issue?

13 comments:

Another Conflict Theorist said...

Peace,

A couple of things: First, I wish Bishop Tutu a joyous and happy birthday. Second, I wouldn't disparage the entire state of Minnesota because of the actions of one small, elitist University. A school right down the street, Macalester College (incidentally, another small, elitist school) tried to secure the Bishop when it learned of St. Thomas' foolish, regrettable rebuke.

Villager said...

ACT - You are probably right about fact that I shouldn't have blamed the whole state. It just made for a better title (smile). Minnesota is having a spate of bad publicity with the bridge, airport bathroom and Tutu insult. I'm glad to see you and others (from the state?) who agree that St. Thomas was foolish. Do you think that St. Thomas realizes the mistake that they made?

Rethabile said...

Happy birthday to the Archbishop, whom I had the pleasure of listening to when I was in high school. Those folks at St Thomas don't know what they've missed.

Villager said...

Rethabile - The folks at St. Thomas University have closed minds. As such, they are not interested in learning from wise lions such as Bishop Tutu.

Rosemarie said...

I've never heard your words so harsh, but considering what you've been reporting lately, I can't say that I blame you. How do rejuvenate your soul and clear your mind. Curious.

The Bishop is well respected spiritually. So says my mom. ;)

Villager said...

Rosemarie - The idea that Bishop Desmond Tutu is compared to the current Iran president ... and comes out a loser in the world of college academics ... does anger me. I appreciate your gentle reminder that my words may have been harsh.

Your mom is right!

Yobachi said...

So his crime is not kissing Jewish ass, and being critical of a nation, not evening the nation he's coming to.

Then we're all supposed to believe there's no fire around the smoke of people claiming that Jews control a lot of things.

Someone criticize a nation that they're not even citizens of, and on their say he's disallowed to speak at a university, and a christian based one at that though he's christian clergy.

ester said...

happy b-day to him...im sure he prayed for these kind of people...

Femigog said...

I am blown away! I cant believe that they would ban Desmond TuTu! I attend the University of Saint Thomas In Houston Texas and we couldnt stop talking about this!

Villager said...

Ester - We should pray from the fools that made this poor decision as well.

Femigog - It amazes me how small-minded folks can be on a college campus.

Thembi said...

Bishop Tutu has to be one of the least threatening people in history. This is nonsense.

Villager said...

Thembi - We live in a truly strange world where Iranian president can speak on a college campus, but Bishop Tutu is denied that same right.

Villager said...

Happy Birthday Desmond Tutu!