For most, the college years is the time where young people mature and begin to stand on their own. Â They develop their own moral compass and they learn to take care of and defend themselves. Â And they develop their own opinions. Â Well, apparently, Oklahoma Wesleyan University President Everett Piper will not stand for that sort of free thinking in his school, there is no place for such a “culture” Â in his school.
Because of their new found voices, it is not at all uncommon over the years for universities to be the grounds where many protests start. Â But it would seem the recent rash of protests like the ones at the University of Missouri, Yale, IthacaÂ and others across the countryÂ that have sprung up because of racial issues, and have other universities scrambling to open broader discussions on race relations, Piper instead considers the protesters “self absorbed and narcissistic.” Â This “culture” where students dare to want to be treated properly, is distressing to Piper, who things anyone that may be offended by racists are “just playing victim” and “need to grow up.” Â It would seem that a Christian University is no place to have open discussions on how all people should all be treated well and with respect rather than allowing racism to flourish. Â Nope, Jesus never said we have to treat to treat others the way we would want to be treated… Oh Wait.
Sadly, this is not the first time this pompous clown has made the news with his stances, as he has recently also rushed to the defense of Â Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, denounced the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage (I sure hope this isn’t anyone’s path to law school), and criticized transgender activism. I have to admit, I am very happy that Oklahoma Wesleyan is a small private school (about 1,200 students). Â It is bad enough to have this egotistical wind bag at the head of any place of education, but I really dread what would happen if such a narrow minded, arrogant bigot was driving the direction of a much larger institution.
It is unfortunate. Â Protests have forced changes and conversations elsewhere, but because the donor base of this Christian University is most likely littered with similar narrow minded know-it-alls, Piper has no fear of repercussions for being an outspoken jerk from a Board that may even agree with him. Â Which is a shame. Â It is hard to move forward while throw back neanderthals continue to hold positions of power and influence.
I understand that this is a religious institution that puts its religious principles above actual education (Read the school tenants, education is number 3 on this list). Â That being said, Who would want to go to, or send their child to a university that teaches conformity over critical thinking? Who goes to a university that tells students to “sit down and shut up?”
What do you think? Â Does the school President have free reign to victim blame?