As Lebanon goes, so goes Oregon State University.
The Lebanese government banned the movie “Wonder Woman” because the star of the film, Gal Gadot, served as an Israeli soldier.
Now OSU is considering changing the name of its Arnold Dining Center, named after the school’s second president, Benjamin Arnold, because Arnold was an enlisted member in the Confederate Army under General Robert E. Lee.
An estimated 750,000 to 1,000,000 soldiers fought in the confederate army during the civil war. The Soldiers and Sailors Database, maintained by the National Park Service, contains information about the men who served in the Confederate (and Union) armies during the Civil War.
Is OSU going to set the precedent that every one of those Confederate soldiers is banned from any honor 152 years after the war ended?
What’s the next step?
In June 1900, in a spirit of national reconciliation, the U.S. Congress authorized setting aside a section of Arlington National Cemetery for the burial of Confederate dead. On June 4, 1914, a Confederate Memorial was dedicated at the cemetery, with President Woodrow Wilson making the principal address before a crowd including thousands of former Union and Confederate soldiers.
Is the next step going to be demands that the Confederate Memorial be torn down and the Confederate soldiers disinterred?
Whatever happened to that spirit of reconciliation?
In June 1900, in this spirit of national reconciliation, the U.S. Congress authorized that a section of Arlington National Cemetery be set aside for the burial of Confederate dead.
By the end of 1901 all the Confederate soldiers buried in the national cemeteries at Alexandria, Virginia, and at the Soldiers’ Home in Washington were brought together with the soldiers buried at Arlington and reinterred in the Confederate section.