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The Virginian-Pilot whacked William & Mary last week over the Wren Cross:

Removing the cross, however, does little to recognize the dignity of diversity. It does obscure what is otherwise obvious — Wren Chapel is a Christian chapel — and the religious heritage of the university.
And it can’t really solve the problem. Nothing short of bulldozing the chapel would ease all discomfort with having a storied Christian sanctuary on a secular campus.
That, of course, won’t ever happen.
So we’re left with this small but provocative measure. In the end, for the observant, taking the cross from the altar at Wren Chapel makes the room no less a Christian space. It only makes it seem as if administration officials are uncomfortable that it is.

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.

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