A recent statement from the Executive Director of SBL. I hope to comment on this when I have more time. For now, I will say that it is ironic that even though “SBL encourages the respectful expression of opposing viewpoints,” the executive committee of this non-political organization has taken a political position that does not represent the position of many of its members (though probably a minority).
From: John Kutsko
Date: Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 2:20 PM
Subject: Society statement opposing campus concealed handgun carry legislation
November 30, 2015
The Society of Biblical Literature joins our colleagues in twenty-eight other scholarly societies in opposing legislation in Texas and other states in the U.S. designed to facilitate the carrying of concealed handguns on college campuses. This statement, found here, can be downloaded and shared.
As a learned society, SBL encourages the respectful expression of opposing viewpoints, which lies at the very heart of the liberal arts, the humanities, and a civil society. SBL is concerned that the legislation introduces serious safety threats to students, staff, and faculty on college campuses and may hinder the free exchange of ideas.
The SBL Council encourages members in any state or nation considering such legislation to bring the perspective of biblical scholars and educators to the debate.
John F. Kutsko