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What they do at Yale:

Yale Divinity School students burned a copy of the Bill of Rights and the Ten Commandments at a recent Ash Wednesday service before marking their foreheads with the ashes – not as protest, they say, but to repent for their own complicity in “the ongoing injustice being perpetuated by our nation.”

From the Yale Daily News:

During the service, students read and briefly discussed how each of the first 10 amendments and Ten Commandments have been violated by the United States, before burning each item.
Divinity School Associate Dean of Students Dale Peterson, who attended the service, said it was completely student-initiated and student-run and was not directly affiliated with the school. The school held its own Ash Wednesday service earlier the same day in the Marquand Chapel. Peterson said he has not heard “negative comments of any kind from anyone” about the student service.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.