The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, December 12, 1969, Page PAGE 2, Image 2
PAGe a" THE DAILY NEBRASKAN FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1S159 Religion department needed at NU The University of Nebraska should have a separate department of religion. At present, students may take courses at the Nebraska School of Religion and transfer the credit to the University. Only in some colleges however, may the credit be applied toward the humanities group requirement. This type of Integration set-up with a private school not formally part of the University structure is inferior to a well staffed and financed religion department One problem in setting up a department is the attitude of some professors that religion has no place in the university structure because it would be an evangelistic (knartment. This is a rather narrow view of what such a department should be. John F. Wilson, assistant professor of religion at Princeton, says that professors in a religion depart ment should analyze religions rather than represent a theological value. The analysis should examine a theological value. The analysis should examine claims of truth without advocacy of one claim. If such guidelines are followed, the religion department's place as an academic discipline becomes apparent. Religion instruction becomes somewhat analagous to a course, say In philosophy. Interested persons, such as directors of campus religion centers and college advisory boards, should begin a study of the problems in setting up a depart ment of religion and be prepared to make recom mendations before the budget planning In the spring. Times are changing East Campus, arise and wake by Brace Cochran Today the University of Nebraska is undergoing new and exciting change. We, as students, are swept from one controversy to another without any real conception of the total scope of our campus numbers. One evidence is the enormous quantity of organizations with their committees which have sub committees who divide into committees on other com mittees and continue until a soul is simply lost. I would like to meet just one student who is an authority on every organization and committee that exists on our two campuses. The task is overwhelming. If one attempts to rationalize the failure of student! to be more familiar with the total scope of campus life (both academically and activity-wise), we might conclude that in reality the student populace Is suffer ing from a lack of communication. Assuming that the communication gap docs exist and is probably a major contributor to the lack of complete coverage of all aspects of student life, it becomes imperative that the communication gap be closed. We have at our disposal, an implement to initiate the growth of communication, the Daily Nebraskan. After existing, dormant, for umpteen years, the East Campus now has a golden opportunity to become active and alive in total University affairs. Since the East Campus Is composed of over 15 per cent of all university students including the Dental College, Home Ec., Agriculture and soon the Law College, East Campus should be better represented by the Daily Nebraskan. There is actually a breath of hope that this will occur. Next semester the East Campus will be properly represented by an editor from its own campus on the Rag payroll, providing i plan now before the Pub Board is passed. Through the employment of an East Campus stu dent as an editor, I would hope that the relationship f the twa sister campuses might be renewed and a feeling of oneness of all University students established. So with i teaspoon of luck and a shake of op timism, students on both campuses can become aware of the total academic and social opportunities existing at a united University of Nebraska. Oh, and, by the way, for those of you who pay attention to political rumors, there's one going around now to the effect that Orville Jones will run for the President of the Student Body next spring. Times are Changing! MBWiMMimniffliiiaMHumfflmM Got a problem? i University Help Lin I 472-3311 or 472-3312 MmaaianMMBiMmagR I Rapping at rr?? V'r"-.''"".-" i kill? isj? Fy mm " ' ""'" STAR "When shall we three meet again?" Nebraskan editorial Dear Editor: We think It is relevant and opportune to reply to some of the misleading remarks made by Mr. Terence O'Neill, the ex Prlme Minister of Northern Ireland, during his recent ad dress at N.U. It may be of in terest to note that the visit was part of an extensive campaign on the part of the Northern Ireland regime to attempt to Improve the image of an unjust government. Mr. O'Neill's stated belief that the recent riots "have not affected the average businessman, Investor, worker or tourist" Is nonsense. In Belfast alone, the cupitul city of Northern Irelund, damage to domestic and Industrial premises amounted to a stag gering six million dollars. The brutal deaths of seven civilians, including two children, can scarcely be con sidered normul. In the second largest city, Deny, approximately one third of the population established a free city behind extensive bar ricades, and excluded Northern Ireland's legal authorities for at least two months. Three people died in the Derry disturbances and many hun dreds were left homeless in both cities. Injustice has been extensive in Northern Ireland, with Catholics being discriminated against by local and regional governments, in matters of employment, housing and franchise. A cursory examina- Open Forum tion of the Cameron Report on Disturbances in Northern Ireland, a report which has been formally accepted by the Northern Irelund Government, shows these allegations to be unquestionably true. In County Fermanagh, a predominantly Catholic area, the County Council employs some lt)6 people of whom only 10 are Catholics. It seems the Government has pursued a deliberate policy of Industrial development in predominantly Protestant areas. As a result the percentage of the working population unemployed reaches astronomical figures in Catholic towns and cities such as Derry (12.7 percent), Newry (14.5 percent) and Strabane (25 ' percent!). The Northern Irelund Con stitution has not provided for "one-man one-vote" in elec tions to the Northern Ireland parliament and local authorities. In parliamentary elections property owners and University Graduates have been grunted additional votes. In local elections no property has nteunt no vote. in addition the corrupt prac tice of gerrymandering has ef fectively disenfranchised a large percentage of the population in cities like Derry, where a Catholic majority of dfi percent returns a mure 40 per cent minority on the city coun cil, voting invariably following a strict religious line. Thus in Derry it takes 2,500 votes to elect an anti-Unionist can didate, but a mere 650 votes to return a Unionist or Govern ment candidate. We would like to emphasize that Derry is just one example of many such in stances. Under O'Neill's leadership an attempt was made to redress these real grievances of the Catholic c o m m a n 1 1 y . Un fortunately his honest efforts were thwarted by the extremist section of the ruling Unionist party, which has perpetrated these Injustics for its own ends since the Inception of the state. His forced resignation Indicates the strength of this faction and makes one pessimistic of future reform. Forty-eight years after the founding of the Northern Ireland Government it might be apt to refer to the words of King George V on the occasion of the formal opening of Parliament in Belfast. "I ap peal to all Irishmen to forgive and forget and to join in mak ing for the land they love a new era of peace, contentment and good will." How deaf some of his subjects were. Yours faithfully, Donal J. Burns Brendan B. O'Shea Americans want war with rules by Frank Manklewici and Tom Braden Washington An unconscious yearning does much to explain American shock at the massacre of My Lai. Unconsciously, Americans want the war In Viet nam to be like the wars they've fought before. They want "fronts," "battle lines;" progress in cities found, taken and held. They want to think of their boys upholding the right fighting against enemy soldiers upholding the wrong. The press, because it also yearns, has by and large given the people what they want. The dally communique from Pentagon East becomes the wire service account of action in Vietnam. The body count Indicates "progress," and it is always the "allies" that comfortable, reassuring and In this war totally meaningless word who are making It There have been exceptions to this standard fare and those exceptions filmed scenes of U.S. troops burning villages or written reports by special cor respondents on the use of chemicals have shocked a public, longing for. the familiar past The result of yearning is that Americans were unprepared for My Lai. Vice President Spiro Agnew was right but for the wrong reasons. The press, yielding to Pentagon direction and public expectation, has largely failed to make Americans see what this war was. Take, for example, the public testimony of Capt. Ernest Medina. It reveals the problem in whole. His orders, he said, were to destroy My Lai and its livestock. He did not find it in the least ex traordinary to receive an order not to kill women and children. The village, he explained, was a "free fire zone," meaning a shooting gallery Into which death could be poured without nice distinctions about innocent people. Customarily, he explained, it is permissible anyhow to shoot anyone who runs, and his words recalled the familiar complaint of Vietnam veterans: "Sometimes it's awful hard to tell the difference between a run and a fast walk." But Medina went on: He saw 20 to 28 civilian bodies, and he didn't bother to count how many were those of women and children. He felt a little uncomfortable when he discovered that the woman he shot had been unarmed, but she had moved and he had a right to be afraid. The 20 to 28 bodies did not seem to him to evidence atrocity or deliberate action against civilians. The terrible truth is that Medina was describing: a rather typical day of battle in a war which la largely a war against civilians. In the past four years, 300,009 of them hart been killed, mostly by U.S. troops, mostly by bombing. The Senate subcommittee which released these figures cannot say how many of these dead are Viet Cong and how many are "friendlles" or "gooks," at the soldiers say neither can anybody else. We kill civilians because the enemy is among them. We kill their livestock because it may feed the enemy. We use chemicals forbidden in the United States because although they may cause deformed births they defoliate so that the enemy can be found. By these standards, can Medina be far from the mark in suggesting that there was no "atrocity" at My Lai? The press Is guilty, not for doing what Agnew said it was, but for not doing it enough. It failed to bring home to Americans that they were sending their uniformed sons into a battle not primarily against other uniformed sons but against civilians, women and children and aged men. Americans have never understood that there are no young men In the villages. Voung men are gone to the uniformed ARVN or are out in the countryside with the civilian clad Viet Cong. The American people are guilty, toe we didn't want to hear it the way it was. In a war where friend Is distinguishable from foe only by what is in his heart and mind, you can always win the count of bodies, but you must always lose the count of souls. DAILY NEBRASKAN fKn tltu Hatata HM it Llnmn. Nak. Talaphanaai laltar 471-UM, Nawa 471-tMt, twlMU lIM SuDtcrlpMwt ralat art M Mr nimiln ar 14 par ym. MlUtw MaMay. WMimMy, Tlwntay an rWay Mrlna m KNwl year urin vacation an nam pari. iarvlea. Intaraailafiata Fraaa. NalMtiM catlMtat Aayartikaj n, ...,,, m nnrainri aaimmiiraiton, lacwny ana 9nvarnrnanl. Maraut Oallr Natraikan M Nakraaka Union UntvarWty Nakratka UncMn, Nakratka ua rand Hon Alexander om Most of us believe that Christmas should really J a time for sincere expression and not the com mercial trash that stores push every year. Christmas Mi a time for giving, for shelling out more than e can afford. 99 B!e?y f 9 wot pence for Christmas this year, but how many of ns art asking for nothing more? ilow many of ns are concentrating our energies a that one present this year? It's aa expensive present and bard to find, but It Is essential In cleansing this society ef the hypocrisy which has spoiled the last few Christmases. If we art sincere in our pledge to work for peace, then, coupled with the Holiday cheer, peace workers should abound.. If wt want peace, why not put our Christmas spirit into the canvas of Lincoln and the week-end activities? We've got to get out into Lincoln and talk to the people. Lincoln is basically a liberal community. It supported Kennedy and McCarthy In '68. The McCarthy and Kennedy people hud to work hard to win supporters. It took thousands of hours to talk to all of Lincoln. Tlie McCarthy people did the Job with a few hundred canvassers, as did the Kennedy people. They went door-to-door with questions to nsk, answers to predictable questions, and, most of all, a genuine desire to talk to people about the issues. It Is a process which requires time and patience. The Moratorium speakers Friday afternoon can provide an opportunity to discuss the war, to answer questions, perhaps to spark a discussion among some who haven't given the war mueh thought. The music Friday can be a reluxcr for the peace people. And Saturday night's entertainment is an op portunity for us to See an excellent light show as well as two good bands. Also scheduled for Friday is the vigil lasting into Saturday. The vigil, like the memorial and march in October and the November activities, is a display of our sorrow for those who have died in the war. A vigil Is an uncommon way of expressing one's sorrow. It Is sorrow restrained, (or friends killed In the conflict, it is standing silently as a rertiinder to the rest. It involves the conviction of ending the war, the killing, and the hating. So turn your Christmas energy into peace energy, and work in the December Moratorium. There is no reality, except in action Jean Tuul Sartre -kr-'viv it If only lliereM been a Vietnam Moratorium five jears ago . .