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Thursday, May 01, 2008

SMU Bush Presidential Library Rejection

I'm not entirely sure what this means but it looks like the General Conference of the United Methodist Church adopted the following resolution 844-20 (submitted by Diane Smock from Greenville, SC, USA):

Submitted Text

SMU Bush Presidential Library Rejection (80089-MH-NonDis)

I hereby petition the UMC General Conference to prevent leasing, selling, or otherwise participating in or supporting the presidential library for George W. Bush at Southern Methodist University.


We should support separation of church and state and if the Bush library goes on the SMU campus or property it will appear to the country and the world as an endorsement of that president by the United Methodist Church. Texas is a big state; surely there are other venues...
This is nowhere in the news, and I haven't heard anything from the Protect SMU mailing list. So I'm a little confused. What does this mean? How much teeth does this resolution have? What ultimate effect will it have?


Impeach for Peace has apparently received a press release from Protect SMU. We're on that mailing list and haven't received it yet.

2ND UPDATE: Some more from Dallas South: "
The decision now lies in the hands of the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. The land on which the library would be built is owned by the South Central Jurisdiction. A body of approximately 290, many of whom voted in the general conference, will take a final vote on the sale of the land. The 2008 South Central Jurisdictional Conference is scheduled for July 16-19 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas."