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Belmont's compromise: Right or wrong?

Posted Friday, October 3, 2008, at 2:26 PM

From the Associated Press:

"NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Alcoholic drinks have been forbidden on Belmont University's campus since at least 1951. The small Christian school in Nashville has decided to make an exception to the rule when it hosts a presidential debate Tuesday.

"...Belmont is allowing alcohol to be served at a hospitality tent for the news media."

I don't mean this in any way as criticism of Belmont or as a comment for or against alcohol.

But should school officials have compromised, as they did -- or stuck by their beliefs no matter what? I lean in the direction of sticking by their beliefs.

Interesting, also, that the news media is apparently drinking on the job. Yes, I realize that evening events often involve drinks at receptions. But, from a media point of view, I tend to think of a debate as more of a news event to cover rather than a social event.


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"they should have had the debate at sewanee"

I like that. You know, they don't call 'em 'whiskey-palians' for nothing. Or 'Episcopalians, where there is four, there's a fifth.

-- Posted by gottago on Sun, Oct 5, 2008, at 6:09 PM

Silver,

God does not throw up.

Oneamil,

I hardly think it is unprofessional to drink on the job. How many business meetings occur 'over drinks'?

-- Posted by gottago on Sun, Oct 5, 2008, at 5:21 PM

proverbs 31:6

Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts

-- Posted by KevinB on Sun, Oct 5, 2008, at 4:17 PM

LOL... Because they have a campus pub ;) That would be more fitting eh? Good point.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sun, Oct 5, 2008, at 12:49 PM

They should have the debate at Sewanee.

-- Posted by Grit on Sun, Oct 5, 2008, at 10:14 AM

IF YOU WILL READ FARTHER IN THE BIBLE, YOU WIL SEE IT WAS NOT WINE THAT HAD TURN TO THE RIGHT. WHEN IT TURNS TO THE RIGHT IT BECOMES ALCOHOL. IT SAID IT WAS THE FRUIT OF THE VINE. I CAN NOT SEE ANY SCHOOL THAT IS SUPPOSE TO BE A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL SERVING ANY ALCOHOL!

I BELIEVE GOD WILL THROW UP AT THE FACT!

-- Posted by silver on Sat, Oct 4, 2008, at 6:03 PM

get over yourself. "compromise" ... sheesh.

-- Posted by allpurpose on Sat, Oct 4, 2008, at 1:39 PM

You ask, "Should school officials have compromised, as they did -- or stuck by their beliefs no matter what? I lean in the direction of sticking by their beliefs." Calling a "policy" against alcohol on campus a "belief" is a loaded reference - harkening popular stereotypes of Baptist being anti-alcohol, anti-dancing and just anti-fun. I think the purpose for the policy against alcohol on campus is based on the fact that its residents are primarily under the legal age to consume alcohol. But when an important event like the presidential debate comes to town - I don't think Belmont wants to be ironclad on a "policy" that simply isn't practical for the occasion. I'm glad Belmont - my alma mater - isn't so locked into the letter of the "law" so that they reinforce misguided stereotypes of "baptist" being synonymous with "legalistic." I think its safe to say that Belmont's foundational "beliefs" have little to do with alcohol, dancing and cursing. And I "believe" the same could be said for Jesus.

-- Posted by John B. Barber on Sat, Oct 4, 2008, at 9:41 AM

Furman University gave in, in order to woo business conferences. Chautauqua Institution gave in to cater to the world. Perhaps it was too much to expect Belmont to hold out. If it is right for this event, why is it not right all of the time?

-- Posted by Claude on Sat, Oct 4, 2008, at 9:28 AM

We have seen Furman University give in, in order to host business conferences. The Chautauqua Institution gave in. Perhaps it was foolish to hope Belmont would stand its ground. If it is right at this event, why is it not right all the time? Follow the money.

-- Posted by Claude on Sat, Oct 4, 2008, at 9:04 AM

The media had obviously been drinking since 2000... They have only began to sober up by recently having the audacity to question authority!

-- Posted by Disturbia on Fri, Oct 3, 2008, at 10:13 PM

WOW, what is the big deal people? The problem lies with the higher-ups at Belmont for having enforced a "no alcohol" policy. Many of my friends had to drink off campus because of that policy and had to hitch a ride or drive back drunk. It was a dangerous rule -- it's great to see they are doing away with it!

Since when is alcohol the only forbidden fruit? Over-regulation did not solve problems. It's just like over eating, watching too much TV etc... I have many successful friends who just like to crack open a beer or drink a glass of wine. Instead of drawing red tape and pointing fingers, show our generation how to be adults about it. 1 or 2 beers is fine. Drinking and driving is not. Get real.

-- Posted by aces111 on Fri, Oct 3, 2008, at 7:17 PM

Hmmm... Didn't Jesus himself turn water into wine? Think about that before you spout off slogans like "Christian School".

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Fri, Oct 3, 2008, at 6:52 PM

Belmont began to compromise a long time ago. Those who have followed the beliefs and actions of the leadership at Belmont are not surprised by this.

-- Posted by Jerome on Fri, Oct 3, 2008, at 3:49 PM

I agree Belmont officials should not have made the compromise. Seems very hypocritical to me that this school, which is termed a "Christian School" would make such a decision. And members of the media drinking alcoholic beverages on the job? That is unprofessional.

-- Posted by onenamil on Fri, Oct 3, 2008, at 3:21 PM

Never thought about the media drinking on the job. That explains ALOT!

-- Posted by ontheoutside on Fri, Oct 3, 2008, at 3:19 PM

Stick to your guns! Do not open the doors by bending the rules, even if for the presidential debate. Do not change boats in mid stream!!

-- Posted by plainandsimple on Fri, Oct 3, 2008, at 2:40 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.