Since at least 2008 I have participated in a wonderful and moving event at the Renascence Center in Dickson. As part of the world wide recognition of the horror of AIDS they display some sections of the AIDS quilt and my choir Nashville In Harmony performs. Pausing to read the quilts and remember those who have passed is an important part of my Christmas Season. This year we (NIH) have not been invited to perform and it appears from a web search that no event is scheduled for World Aids Day. I had wondered why and then I read in this morning’s paper that the center is now owned by a college affiliated with the Churches of Christ. This denomination in my experience and Wikipedia’s is complete against homosexuality in all cases and consider it a sin against God. While I cannot prove that the two events are related it is hard to imagine that they are not. Furthermore I must say that I am very concerned that a center devoted to Technology/Science/Art is now owned by an institution affiliated with a group which teaches that the earth was created in 7 days, women should be subservient to men and musical instruments are banned from church services. I am hoping that I will be proven wrong but at this point I feel that Science and equality have just suffered a setback.