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A letter from an alum about Evangelist Pat Robertson at P.U.

May 26, 2003

I am glad to see that the esteemed Pat Robertson spoke to a full house at Princeton on April Fools Day (Notebook, May 14). I didn't realize that Princeton had started a religious bigot lecture series. I look forward to reading about future lectures by similarly enlightened leaders from other religions; after all, the last thing you would want is for someone to sue the university for religious discrimination. Let us celebrate the wonderful diversity of bigotry that the world's religions have to offer.

I've spent nine years away from home living in the U.K. The world has seen the alarming growth and intent of fundamentalist Islamic terror, but I'm even more scared by the growth of fundamentalist Christianity back home in the U.S. Admittedly one group is more peaceful in its methods, but it amazes me that people don't notice the ideological similarities between the two. Nothing typifies this more than when a top university dignifies a fundamentalist bigot with a lecture offer. Bigots are bigots — whether they wear a turban or a suit.

Kumaran Damodaran ’94
Class of 1994

Editor's Note: Pat Robertson's lecture was sponsored by the Whig-Cliosophic Society, a student organization.

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