Winston-Salem the requisite number of buildings of suitable type and design
to provide adequately for a student body of not less than 2,000 students.
Fifth, that in determining the availability of funds for building purposes,
the Board of Trustees of Wake Forest College may take into consideration
the fair market value of the plant at Wake Forest, at the time of removal, and
the convention pledges to the Board of Trustees its full cooperation in the
utilization of the plant at Wake Forest for denominational purposes and in
the realization of such fair market value as may be agreed upon by the
trustees of the college and the trustees of the convention.
Sixth, that in addition to its regular and customary support from Co-
operative [Program] funds, the convention renew its pledge to support the
trustees in the prosecution of the campaign to raise the necessary funds for
this Enlargement Program, it being understood that every effort, as
heretofore, shall be made to safeguard the Cooperative Program of the
convention, thus securing gifts and pledges not from the churches as such
but from individuals; and the convention urges all friends of Wake Forest
and Christian education to accept and meet what may well be the challenge
of the century.
At the afternoon session, Broughton reviewed the resolution for the
benefit of those who had been on the street that morning and the floor
was thrown open to debate. Rev. L. Bunn Olive, pastor of the First
Baptist Church of Raleigh, opposed the resolution on the ground that
"our greatest need is not more education but a return to the spirit of
Christ." J. W. Laney, son of a Hickory minister, asked whether
Baptists were to be ruled by the New Testament or by a package of
Camel cigarettes. Other opposing addresses were made by Theodore
Rose, L. L. Hatfield, and R. H. Rigsby, who argued generally that
Baptists would be a laughingstock in the state and nation if they took
tobacco money and that such acceptance would destroy the
evangelistic quality of Baptist work, creating in its stead a
denomination ruled by financial interests.
One speaker, Rev. Woodrow W. Robbins of High Point, who was
to become a constant critic of Wake Forest in the years ahead, seized
the occasion to excoriate the Wake Forest faculty. A graduate in the
Class of 1946, he attacked the college as being irreligious and said
that before any move there ought to be a "housecleaning," particularly
in the Department of Religion .4
Among those who spoke in favor of the resolution were A. J.
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