Remnant News Watch
In the Name of Tolerance,
“In the Year of Our Lord” Comes Under Fire
New York Correspondent
14, AD 2010
Trinity University's board of trustees announced Thursday
they will “not grant a student group's request to drop the
phrase ‘our Lord’ from diplomas, saying that while Trinity
welcomes all religions, it is right to honor its Christian
roots,” reports Melissa Ludwig of the San Antonio
Express-News (Apr. 23, 2010): “The board's decision reflects
its desire to continue a Trinity tradition, and the words
‘in the year of our Lord' are appropriate for the diploma,
given Trinity's history and heritage,” said Walter Huntley,
vice chairman of the board and an Atlanta businessman.
According to the Associated Press (Students Want Trinity
to Drop 'Our Lord' from Diplomas – Mar. 29, 2010): The
debate started last year when Isaac Medina, a Muslim convert
from Mexico, noticed the wording on pre-made diploma frames.
"I honestly feel like nobody actually noticed it before,"
Medina said. "Now that it has been brought up, the
institution is trying to find its own identity. Are we or
are we not a religious institution?"
When Medina applied to Trinity, university staff told him it
wasn’t a religious institution and that it maintained only a
historical bond to the church. He said he’d always felt
welcome at Trinity, where the campus chaplain caters to
students of all religions and the university recently
dedicated a Muslim prayer space.
So the reference on the diploma "came as a big surprise,"
said Medina, who graduated in December. "I felt I was a
victim of a bait and switch." An effort to remove the phrase
“the year of Our Lord” from Trinity diplomas was spearheaded
by Sidra Qureshi, a Muslim student and president of the
Trinity Diversity Connection, a chartered student
organization which claims to “promote cultural diversity,
raise awareness of and support under-represented minorities
What is the importance of “roots” to the diversity
crowd? If you look at the Trinity University website, you
the Trinity Diversity Connection (TDC) listed alongside such
entities as the Asian Subcontinental Association, the
Chinese Culture Club, the Gaelic Cultural Society, the
Latino Exchange, etc. In fact, these groups – which are
dedicated to the history, culture and traditions of the
countries and people they represent – are highlighted as
members of the TDC. Yes, the TDC appears to respect cultural
roots, at least until those roots point back to
Catholicism or Protestantism.
In the year 1869, Trinity University was founded by
Cumberland Presbyterians (a sect founded in 1810), and has
since occupied three different locations in Texas. Developed
from the remnants of three small Cumberland Presbyterian
colleges that had failed during the Civil War, the
university became affiliated with the United Presbyterian
Church in the USA in 1906. The school boasts that its
rooted in the vision of a few hardy Texas pioneers who
believed in the transforming power of higher education.”
Given the institution’s history, Trinity President Dennis
Ahlburg believes that the wording on the diplomas is
appropriate, and that the school should not deny its
cultural and religious roots. “The
fundamental issue is not so much what is on the diploma," he
said. "The fundamental question is, ‘Is Trinity a place that
is accepting and supportive of all faiths?’ "
Apparently, the answer to Mr. Ahlburg’s question is yes.
Isaac Medina admitted that “he’d always felt welcome at
Trinity, where the campus chaplain caters to students of all
religions and the university recently dedicated a Muslim
prayer space.” So, What happened? He noticed the
wording on the diploma – wording which was completely
consistent with the history and tradition of the school!
Welcome to the age of the “manufactured crisis.” Christmas
decorations in public schools, public displays of the Ten
Commandments, “one nation under God” in the Pledge of
Allegiance, “in God we trust” printed on currency, and now
“in the year of Our Lord” on a diploma – in a world falling
apart at the seams, it is these inherently harmless,
innocent things that have become notorious.
Of course, manufactured crises do not appear by accident.
They are planned, and done so with specific targets in mind.
They are given a rationale (i.e., tolerance, inclusiveness).
They are also couched in terms of the “enlightened” vs. the
“narrow-minded.” Note the words of Isaac Medina regarding
the “in year of Our Lord” wording on his diploma: “I
honestly feel like nobody actually noticed it before.” You
see, the enlightened are sensitive to the “big picture,” the
“world view.” The rest suffer from an entrenched mentality,
locked into, and failing to notice, their own provincial
view of reality.
To state that the targets of choice for the “manufactured
crisis” agents are Catholicism and Protestantism would be to
belabor the obvious. In the case of “in the year of Our
Lord,” these agents continue to expose both their agenda and
It was in the 6th century that the monk Dionysius
Exiguus developed a calendar which designated the time of
the birth of Christ as the year one, with the years
following being reckoned as years “of the Lord” – i.e., Anno
Domini. Although it took centuries for this usage to become
commonplace throughout Europe, it eventually did so. Here in
America, we also find the usage gracing our most famous
documents. The United States Constitution was ratified “the
Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one
thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven.” The Emancipation
Proclamation is dated “the first day of January, in the year
of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three."
The use of the phrase “in the year of Our Lord” (Anno
Domini) is a part of the social and linguistic patrimony of
Western civilization, and calls for its deletion can not
construed as mere innocent pleas for diversity. While
everyone who uses A.D. or B.C. may not subscribe to their
religious implications, these designations provide the
framework for so much of our history.
Of course, there is a bigger picture. These designations
will always remind passing generations that Jesus Christ,
indeed, changed the world forever. Many atheists have tried
to soften this fundamental implication by saying that we
don’t know the exact year of Jesus’ birth. They miss the
point. The designation “A.D.” does not imply that the year
of Jesus’ birth is the crucial element. It proclaims that
the Time of Expectation did, indeed, give way to the Time of
Fulfillment when “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among
us.” It aligns our terrestrial calendar (a calendar that
once reflected life after the Fall of Adam) with an eternal
one (which proclaims the Redemption of the human race) –
like fixing a broken watch, so that it will then reflect the
One can date a document “October, 2010” or make a doctor’s
appointment for “July, 2011” without pondering theological
implications and, let’s face it, that is what we all do. The
proponents of the foolish designations “C.E.” (Common Era)
and B.C.E. (Before Common Era) waste their time trying to
wipe “Anno Domini” off the map. When the Pharisees wanted
Jesus to silence the praise of the multitudes as He entered
Jerusalem, He replied, “I
say to you, that if these shall hold their peace, the stones
will cry out.”
The year one, as we reckon the year one, will ALWAYS point
to the birth of Jesus. When one rejects Anno Domini,
there is always an ulterior motive, a motive beyond
“diversity.” It is no coincidence that the Declaration of
the Rights of Man, the sacred scriptures of the French
Revolution, eschews Anno Domini and lists its date
only as “1792.”
In the case of the Trinity College fiasco, something smells
a bit off. The Koran teaches,
do blaspheme who say: Allah is one of three in a Trinity,
for there is no god except One God” (Sura 5:73). Why, then,
would a Muslim student attend a Presbyterian-founded school
named Trinity University (of all things),
graduate from said university, and only then “notice” (and
make an issue of) some harmless religious wording on his
diploma? This sequence of events does not make much sense.
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