BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – A university president in Oklahoma says he would not invite GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump to speak at his school.
Dr. Everett Piper, the president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, recently published a blog titled, ‘Trumping Morality,’ in which he explains why Trump would not be invited to the university.
Trump has spoken at many universities during his campaign, including Oral Roberts University in Tulsa.
The Oklahoma Wesleyan University president says he has often been asked whether or not he would give Trump the opportunity to speak at OKWU.
“My answer has been simple and brief. No, I will not,” Piper wrote.
In selecting speakers for Oklahoma Wesleyan, party affiliation and political positions do not matter. Personal conduct, public statements, theological integrity and moral consistency do. In short, unless it is an open debate where different sides of the issue will be presented, we choose speakers who generally promote our university’s mission and who do not stand in opposition, either in word or deed, to what we claim to hold dear as a Christian community. I believe I owe it to our students, faculty, staff, board, donors and church to do nothing less— and frankly, Donald Trump simply doesn’t represent OKWU’s behavioral, theological, moral or political ideals.
In his post, Piper goes on to explain that Trump is “not on my side.”
Anyone who is pro-abortion is not on my side. Anyone who calls women “pigs,” “ugly,” “fat” and “pieces of a–” is not on my side. Anyone who mocks the handicapped is not on my side. Anyone who has argued the merits of a government takeover of banks, student loans, the auto industry and healthcare is not on my side. Anyone who has been on the cover of Playboy and proud of it, who brags of his sexual history with multiple women and who owns strip clubs in his casinos is not on my side. Anyone who believes the government can wrest control of the definition of marriage from the church is not on my side. Anyone who ignores the separation of powers and boasts of making the executive branch even more imperial is not on my side.
Piper ended his blog saying that he will not sell his soul “to a political process that values victory more than virtue.”
Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz spoke at OKWU in August 2015.
“While Oklahoma Wesleyan University does not endorse a candidate for president, I am eager and pleased to serve as a venue to engage educate our community,” Piper told the Examiner-Enterprise in July 2015. “In that respect, I am excited to host this event.”
This isn’t the first time one of Dr. Piper’s blogs has received attention.
In December, his post, ‘This Is Not a Day Care. It’s a University,‘ went viral, receiving national coverage.