I once worked with a very creative but truly crazy guy. His name was Todd. Todd once told me about the night he almost got tossed out of college. The night began with Todd consuming copious amounts of alcohol. Then, somehow he found himself across campus and in the pink bathroom of an all-girl's dorm. To prove to his friends he had made it into this inner sanctum, he decided to bring home a souvenir. He looked around and settled on the tampon machine. He ripped from the wall (he said it was a very stubborn machine and he really had to yank hard to get it off the wall) and exited the dorm as quickly but as normally a 5' 9" drunk male carrying a 36" tall steel tampon machine could.
Keenly aware that some of the dorm residents may have heard him pulling the machine and several of the pink ceramic tiles off the wall, or, worse, seen him, and alerted the authorities, once Todd was outside, he ran very fast. Campus Security caught his and the tampon machine's sillouette in their headlights as they were legging it across the college green. Security gave chase and since Todd was unwilling to dump his tampon trophy and escape into the shadows, they eventually caught him. Todd was put in the back of a squad car with the tampon machine on the seat next to him as the officers decided his fate. It was a that precise moment a group of friends stumbling home from the pub saw him. They looked very surprised. He decided to give them the Queen's wave. They fell on the ground laughing. The next day he was hauled up before the school authorities, his parent's were notified, restitution had to be made, and as well as some form of probation served but the school did let him graduate (with honors, I believe).
I was reminded of Todd when I read Andrew Cusack's blog and learned of the escapade of another young college man who pinched something from the wall of a college dorm (scroll down to Down With the Culture Of Death). The two cases are very different. It appears, unlike Todd, Jamie was in complete control of his faculties when he lifted the poster. Also, the theft was done not on a lark but because the poster offended Jamie's deeply-held religious beliefs. Jamie is fortunate that he resides in Great Britain. Piglet was recently banned by a city council because he offended the deeply-held religious beliefs of some Britons and the St. George's Cross is now under consideration for banning as well. Jamie was also successful as Security did not catch him and college authorities have not been notified. But since he posted his theft and subsequent destruction of someone's property on his blog, complete with pictures, the school authorities may soon find out. If they do, perhaps Steve M., will take pity on him and lend legal advice.
I do admire the young man's pluck. I'm not sure what he did was right in the eyes of the Church. (primarily the burning part) But the Church does take into consideration mitigating circumstances. There are indeed mitigating circumstances as well as a near occassion of sin involved with the advertisement of free condoms in a men's dormitory. All that said, it's obvious I grew up in a much more silly time among very silly men. Some of these young men at St. Andrew's have their heads on much straighter than most and for that I say, bravo.