To the Editor:
In light of the disturbing details in the news this week of cannibalism in Miami, Fla., Canada and Joppatowne, Md., the Ohio University production of "Sweeney Todd" that took place at Athens Middle School seems horribly inappropriate and grotesque. A dark "comedy" of murder, mutilation and cannibalism coupled with greed, hopelessness and blood lust, hardly help our community come to terms with the problems and decisions our nation is facing.
Somehow, I don't see anything funny about the horrendous tragedies that occurred these past few weeks in the lives of the victims and perpetrators of real-life cannibalism. As an alumnus of OU, I was grieved and disturbed by the complete lack of consideration shown for the value of life in performing this play. What kind of world is Ohio University inspiring today? Are we sinking so low that we see murder and cannibalism as funny? It is true that the students of today are tomorrow's leaders. Will some of our future leaders slit our throats and grind us up? After all, it's funny, isn't it?
As I walk through downtown Athens, I can't help but see the words engraved on the gateway to Ohio University's upper campus. Facing campus, the gateway reads: "So enter that daily thou mayest grow in knowledge, wisdom, and love." Exiting the gateway, the student reads: "So depart that daily thou mayest better serve thy fellowmen, thy country and thy God." Further, a marker located next to the gateway quotes the Ohio Ordinance of 1787, Article III which states: "Religion, morality and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, school and the means of education shall forever be encouraged."
Memorials are reminders. As we've turned our backs on God — mocking Him, despising Him — many are becoming animalistic, barbaric and grotesque. Jesus has provided the way of salvation through the blood He shed for our sins. Hardly vengeful and vindictive, Jesus selflessly provided our ransom because of His love for us. I am so glad He values our lives so highly, that He died to remove our wretched sin from us. His grace abounds today.