Monday, April 28, 2008

Got a light mister?

From the Palm Beach Post:

Smoking scofflaws at PBAU may be forced to quit refuge

This raises an interesting question. How far should a Christian university go in regulating the behavior of it's students? Especially one that isn't tied to a denominational, confessional or creedal standard. Personally, the smoker's wall doesn't bother me. I pass it often. What does bother me is the scantily dressed students that one can't help but encounter when walking/driving down Olive Ave. I think that hurts PBA's Christian testimony more than a few smokers.


Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for that. I am a PBA Smoker and really appreciate that someone sees the more relevant issues at PBA.

Anonymous Smoker said...

As a frequenter of smoker's wall I appreciate your input and your evaluation of the issue. I agree that there are many things that the administration has to deal with that carry more weight than the habits of a minority. If they're so worried about the health of the students, let's have a seminar about good eating habits and proper nutrition!

redeyespy said...

Well, "anonymous smoker" hit upon a theme I was going to address...smoking has become a socially heinous way to desecrate our earthy temples, yet the consumption of Pepsi and all variety of junk food remains acceptable.

I know, I know, there's no "second hand" effects from junk food, but this cigarette issue just, uh, reeks of misaligned prioritization.

jessica said...

someone commented on the palm beach post site, "what? this is news? is the post a college newspaper now?" seriously. i don't know why this was printed in the first place...there are more pressing issues in the area!!!

Anonymous said...

The food and smoking argument doesn't work exactly as food is a requirement to life. It is always amazing to me how people (who are not really familiar with a situation) can make whatever assumptions and comments they wish while the organization is unable to state all the (excellent) reasons for making such a decision.

I also wanted to point out that while PBA is not a covenant school for students, all employees do sign a statement of faith.

Stephen Ley said...

Sincere thanks to all who commented. I suspect enough has been written about this issue, so this will be the last word on it in this particular forum.

May wisdom and good sense prevail.