Oklahoma Wesleyan University President, Everett Piper, Says U.S. Colleges ‘No Longer Have Academic Freedom, but Ideological Fascism’

Everett Piper
Everett Piper

The president of a Christian liberal arts college whose words decrying political correctness in American universities went viral in the fall of 2015 is reissuing his warning about “safe spaces,” hypersensitivity and the abandonment of truth on American colleges.

The purpose of a higher education is not to provide “safe spaces” where students are coddled like children and have their beliefs go unchallenged; a university, he argues, is “not a day care.”

“We don’t have academic freedom any longer on our campuses. We have ideological fascism,” said Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, in an interview with The Christian Post.

The cost of foregoing the truth in favor of the primacy of one’s feelings is steep indeed, he explains in his new book Not a Day Care: The Devastating Consequences of Abandoning Truth.

Instead of the pursuit of knowledge and the truth, institutions of higher learning have become places espousing a philosophy of “power and privilege,” he says. And that is the logical result when one no longer believes in any enduring principle.

The book’s title, Not A Day Care, came from the last line of a statement Piper wrote that was published on the OKWU website nearly 18 months ago. The statement articulated the spirit and purpose of the university he leads. He wrote it after a student complained about what one of the school’s vice presidents said in a chapel sermon. Although there was nothing remotely offensive in the sermon — Piper personally reviewed it — the student had told the vice president that he should have prefaced his talk with a “trigger warning” and that what he said “victimized” him and made him feel “uncomfortable.”

The sermon was simply a Christian call to charity, rooted in 1 Corinthians 13, the passage where the apostle Paul expounds on the nature of love.

Piper was so bewildered by this that he penned the strongly-worded post decrying this hypersensitivity and expressed what a Christian college like OKWU is — that it is not a place where you’re guaranteed to feel comfortable all the time, but one “where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up.”

“This is not a day care. This is a university,” his statement concluded.

His words soon rocketed across the Internet and were summarily featured on numerous national news outlets. Prominent radio hosts and writers, likewise, praised Piper’s words effusively. He even heard from many who do not share his political views nor his faith who told him they appreciated what he said. His phone rang constantly and emails and letters from parents started pouring in, thanking him for stating what should seem obvious but somehow is not today.

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SOURCE: Brandon Showalter  
Christian Post