Today's segment from the NYT series on Class Matters in America describes the economic improvement among Evangelical Christians. Specifically, it talks about the desire among many Evangelical groups to gain influence on Ivy League campuses, which are seen as the training grounds for the leaders of tomorrow. Ironically, it focuses largely on attempts to proselytize the Brown community, which I always thought of as the most liberal Ivy league campus. The article even acknowledges that Brown recognizes "heathen/pagan" as a legitimate religion. Perhaps this explains their efforts best. The leader of the Brown Campus Crusade Geoff Freeman remarked:
"It is easy to sell New England in the Midwest," as Mr. Freeman put it later. Midwesterners, he said, see New Englanders as "a bunch of heathens."
Is the North East this century's Africa? Frankly, I enjoy living in my little godless corner of the world. I think stem cells, gay marriage, and abortion are all swell. I would rather play pong than "regroup in the living room for board games and goofy improvisation contests, all free of profanity and even double entendre." The Midwest can keep its missionaries. It's taken centuries of history and struggle to make the North East the center of liberal thinking in our country. I'm very skeptical that the proliferation of these Evangelical Christian Centers on Ivy League campuses will be anything more than a joke for us smarty-pants liberals. Sorry Jesus freaks, but if you think the North East is going red anytime soon you're in for a rude awakening.