Numerous Aggies read my recent column on the University of Michigan, in which I claimed that UM conservative alumni reported lower satisfaction with the school than any other in America. All of these Aggies claimed that A&M was just the opposite – a place where conservatives could get a good education without being persecuted for their political and religious beliefs.
Speaking of religion, an Aggie Christian organization invited me to speak at a Bible study last year, which was being held in the basketball arena. They told me to expect to speak to about 4000 students. Although we weren’t able to work out a date for my visit I have never forgotten that conversation. How many universities have Bible studies attended by 4000 students? It’s the kind of thing that would drive President Gene Nichol of William and Mary to commit suicide.
When I wrote my first book, “Welcome to the Ivory Tower of Babel,” I spent a good deal of time talking about the persecution of Christian students at UNC-Chapel Hill. When one of the administrators complicit in some of the activity at UNC-CH took a job at Texas A&M, I was flooded with calls of concern from Aggie alums. This told me two things – only one of which is important.
First, lots of Aggie alums read my book. But that isn’t important. What is important is that they are all deeply dedicated to their school and will not let it be ruined by anti-Christian bigotry like the kind that is so pervasive in the UNC system.
Make no mistake; A&M has its share of politically correct non-sense. But the students and alums are fully capable of keeping it in check. And they are quality people who look out for one another after graduation.
Texas A&M must have quality students to have been able to a) attract a former President to place his library in College Station, and b) lead a current Secretary of Defense to dedicate his time to being its President.
It is significant that Dr. Gates told America that he was leaving the best job he ever had when he left Texas A&M. I think your kids will say they are leaving behind the best college they could have chosen upon graduating from A&M. That is why I wrote this column. I hope it was helpful.