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November 20, 2009 Page 3

Events should be open about Christian themes

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oth AFTERdark, a Christian music and speaker event, and Girl’s Night Out, a “girl talk” event with a Christian speaker, were both advertised without notifying audiences that they were Christian events. Students who attended AFTERdark showed up expecting to see a live band. Well, they got it – along with a sermon and a giant cross to complete the theme. The programs were held with good intentions, but the advertising was misleading. Both events meant to emphasize the importance of truth and the love Jesus has for his followers, but they contradict themselves by withholding the truth about their subject matter. Religion is a personal and, for some, a private affair that should be approached with honesty. Furthermore, by keeping the intent of the events hidden, these programs lure people who might not be comfortable discussing Christianity in a public forum, or who may not be Christian at all. TCU may be affiliated with the Disciples of Christ, but that doesn’t mean all students are Christian. Several faiths are represented on campus. Advertisers for the events should have marketed them as Christian events even if it might have affected the attendance. At least then they would have a captivated audience – not one surprised by a cross and outreach. News editor Maricruz Salinas for the editorial board. The Skiff View represents the collective opinion of the editorial board.

Missed deployment a lesson in mercy with his grandmother he would lack the fundamental connection needed between a mother and a child. Furthermore, because his grandmother would not be able to care for him, he would have to be placed under child protection services, which would land him with WYATT KANYER an entirely new parent. Perhaps the most confusing A California woman scheduled fact surrounding this controversy to deploy for Afghanistan did not is the lack of communication between Hutchinson and her authorarrive to her departure Nov. 6 because she needed to care for her ity figures. Clearly, she was under infant son, according to an Associ- the impression that she would not be allowed to stay in her homeated Press report. town of Oakland, Calif., even if Twenty-one-year-old Alexis Hutchinson made the right choice she could not find an alternative care person for her son. Howin this case. According to the ever, the Army does allow single report, she was arrested after parents without another means she missed her unit’s flight that of childcare the option of refuswas going to Afghanistan. She is ing deployment, according to a currently being held in Georgia,

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F2CR’s focus on wrong f not to drink they are indeed not alone. The latter, however, sends a dangerous statement. Underneath the main statement is an asterisk showing that, according to a recent survey, 70 percent of students choose not to drink and drive. While many may see MATT BOAZ this as a positive, it in fact sends a dangerous message. If only 70 The Alcohol and Drug Center percent are refusing to get behind the wheel while intoxicated, began a new campaign on camthis means that nearly a third pus with the slogan “freedom to choose responsibly” coupled with of the student body is willfully carousing about in their vehicles the catchy graphic sporting the while drunk. acronym “F2CR”. While this is By promoting such an idea, certainly an admirable cause, it has unfortunately brought some it seems to indicate that being negative perceptions along with it. Alcohol seems to be an issue If only 70 percent are at the center of many controverrefusing to get behind sies. Since the drinking age was shifted to 21 in the 1980s due to the wheel while an ardent campaign by Mothers intoxicated, this means Against Drunk Driving, there that nearly a third have been strong proponents for of the student body lowering the drinking age, promoting alcohol education, and is willfully carousing conditioning young people to the about in their vehicles idea that alcohol is not a neceswhile drunk. sary component to having a good time. in the minority is acceptable. Posters have been put on However, the minority in this display throughout the Campus Commons and on the billboards circumstance is a group of people endangering the lives of others. located inside most buildings. Stating that there is in fact a large The two most prevalent state

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