4
| News |

Methodists Against the SMU Bush Library Aren't Giving Up Just Yet

^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

The New York Times today is reporting that Methodists still trying to push President Bush's library and think tank off the S.M.U. campus are mounting a "last-ditch effort" to block the damned-near done deal. They want to put the project to a vote in front of the 290 members of the United Methodist Church's South Central Jurisdiction, which partially funds the university. Says New York's Rev. Andrew Weaver, “We need to inform and recruit 16 percent of the moderate delegates to block the project.”

Only, looks like it won't be enough: SMU says it's almost finalized a deal with the George W. Bush Foundation to build the library and so-called "policy institute." And Bishop Scott Jones -- a trustee at SMU who got his Master of Theology degree from the Perkins School of Theology and whose brother is the dean of Duke Divinity School -- tells The Times that the jurisdiction’s College of Bishops has already given its blessings to the project, as in: “S.M.U. has the authority to sign a 99-year lease, renewable up to 249 years.” --Robert Wilonsky

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.