The Big Guy and I were able to catch a couple of football games from my Alma Mater, Hardin-Simmons University. One of the things that impressed me was that both times the home teams took a knee in prayer before the game. (Game 1 Hardin-Simmons. Game 2 University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, pictured below.) Also during both games the teams, Hardin-Simmons, Howard Payne & UMHB stood during the national anthem.

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders praying before the game.

Like many others I have been appalled and offended by a “movement” started by one NFL player. His claims of racial injustice in this country are valid and should be addressed. Like everyone in this country he has the right to free speech.  I am not offended by his beliefs or desire to fight for injustice. I’m offended by his approach and actions. He hasn’t learned a very important lesson my dad taught me as a teenager.  Not only is it okay to be a dissenting voice it is often the necessary. However, it is extremely important to do so in a manner that is appropriate and respectful of others.

Sky Watch Friday: Luther Memorial and Bell Tower


Luther Memorial and Bell Tower,
University of Mary-Hardin Baylor,
Belton, TX

Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas, the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in Texas.  Pays tribute to the original building on UMHB’s campus.

The memorial pays tribute to Luther Hall, the first building constructed on campus when UMHB moved from Independence, Texas in 1886. Luther Hall was considered to be one of the finest academic buildings in Texas, until it burned down on January 26, 1929.

The memorial was constructed in 1955, from the stones of Luther Hall. It includes a bell tower with two historic bells. The Horton Bell, the lower bell in the tower, is from the University’s first location in Independence. The upper bell, the sophomore bell, can only be rung by sophomores as a traditional privilege reserved for them.

Source: Luther Memorial



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