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Oklahoma University President's Message: This Isn't a 'Day Care'

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Dr. Everett Piper (Twitter/@dreverettpiper)

By    |   Tuesday, 01 Dec 2015 02:36 PM

The Oklahoma Wesleyan University president had a strong message last week in the wake of growing unrest and protests across college campuses, telling students, “This is not a day care. This is a university!”

President Everett Piper’s message was aimed towards politically correct students at colleges and universities across the country who are quick to resort to the “blame game” and play the “victim” card in order to draw attention towards their respective social and political causes, according to the New York Daily News.

Piper’s remarks followed a recent string of incidents nationwide at the University of Missouri, Yale University, and Ithaca College, in which students and activists held protests over race, gender, and sexual identity issues, NBC News reported. Many of the students involved in the protests specifically called for “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” to be instituted across their campuses.

“Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a ‘safe place,’ but rather, a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you, but about others,” Piper retorted in a blog post published on the university’s website last week.

Piper’s comments were also triggered by a recent complaint he received from an OKWU student following a university chapel service on 1 Corinthians 13, which is also commonly known as the “Love Chapter” in the Bible. The student apparently complained that he felt “victimized” by the message.

“I’m not making this up. Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic,” Piper wrote. “Any time their feelings are hurt, they are the victims. Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them ‘feel bad’ about themselves, is a ‘hater,’ a ‘bigot,’ an ‘oppressor,’ and a ‘victimizer.’”

OKWU’s president proceeded to advise the student and his compatriots that their feelings of discomfort and guilt were healthy responses to their consciences and feelings of conviction.

“If you want the chaplain to tell you you’re a victim rather than tell you that you need virtue, this may not be the university you’re looking for,” Piper wrote. “If you want to complain about a sermon that makes you feel less than loving for not showing love, this might be the wrong place.”

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