For the past several weeks, wimpy and feckless university administrators have resigned or surrendered in the face of hateful ultimatums from campus race brats, the eagerly aggrieved, or merely students who persistently see themselves as victims.
Finally, someone at an institution of higher learning is standing up to the intellectual fascism that is pervading our universities today. And it’s about time.
It happened this week at Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) when a chaplain delivered a sermon on love at a chapel service. Now THERE is a repulsive topic, right?
After the homily, which focused on 1 Corinthians 13, a student came up to OKWU President Everett Piper and complained because he felt “victimized” by the sermon.
“This young scholar felt offended because a homily on love made him feel bad for not showing love,” Piper wrote in a blog afterward. “In his mind, the chaplain was wrong for making him, and his peers, feel uncomfortable.”
No, I am not making this up. Our culture of narcissism has driven the notion of victimhood so deep into the American psyche that a sermon on showing love for fellow human beings actually makes a student feel victimized.
For those who may not be familiar with 1 Corinthians 13 upon which the sermon was based, here is what the Apostle Paul says:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails.”
Dr. Piper offered some sage advice to the student and all the other self-identified “victims” who haunt our university campuses these days.
“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,” he 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. This is not a day care. This is a university.
“An altar call is supposed to make you feel bad,” he continued. “It is supposed to make you feel guilty. The goal of many a good sermon is to get you to confess your sins—not coddle you in your selfishness. The primary objective of the Church and the Christian faith is your confession, not your self-actualization.”
Dr. Piper went on to say American universities today should be ashamed of themselves for educating a culture of “selfish individuals” who demand “safe places” and constant hand-holding when they feel “threatened” by ideas or speech they disagree with.
“The bottom line is that at the end of the day I would argue that college is not about safe spaces or being a safe place,” Dr. Piper said. “The university needs to recognize that our obligation is to challenge bad thinking and bad ideas and not coddle individuals in their self-absorption and narcissism,” he said.
“Do we want ideological fascism or do we want intellectual freedom and academic freedom,” he asked. “Because really what we have right now is an argument for ideological fascism. You must submit. You must agree. You must be one of us. Moreover, if you don’t, we will silence you. We will crush you.”
Indeed, a recent Pew Research poll revealed that 40 percent of millennials support a crackdown on offensive speech.
Why am I not surprised?
However, even the American Civil Liberties Union disagrees with the idea of restricting speech. It says, “One person’s offensive speech is another person’s free speech.”
That, my friends is what the First Amendment is all about. Once you begin restricting speech and the ideas of people you may disagree with, you are on a dangerous path to totalitarianism, book burning and mind control.
Dr. Piper went on to rebuke the rampant tyranny of the minority that we have seen recently on campuses like the University of Missouri, Yale, Boston College, etc.
“If you’re more interested in playing the “hater” card than you are in confessing your own hate; if you want to arrogantly lecture, rather than humbly learn; if you don’t want to feel guilt in your soul when you are guilty of sin; if you want to be enabled rather than confronted, there are many universities across the land (Missouri and elsewhere) that will give you exactly what you want, but Oklahoma Wesleyan isn’t one of them.”
He added that at OKWU, students are taught to be selfless rather than self-centered. Students learn to practice personal forgiveness rather than political revenge.
Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a “safe place,” Dr. Piper continued, “but rather, a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you, but about others; that the bad feeling you have while listening to a sermon is called guilt; that the way to address it is to repent of everything that’s wrong with you rather than blame others for everything that’s wrong with them. This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up.”
It’s about time that at least one educator in America has the courage to speak truthfully about the political correctness psychosis that is permeating our institutions of higher learning today.
Sadly, however, the same kind of politically correct gibberish that Dr. Piper is condemning is already polluting and closing the impressionable minds of future generations of students and adults in our elementary, middle and high schools.
As Malcolm Forbes once said: “The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”