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Oklahoma Wesleyan President to Receive Kirkpatrick Prize

Last November, Oklahoma Wesleyan University president Everett Piper had had enough of the rampant complaining about how colleges were failing to make students feel safe. After a student at his university (not known to be a hotbed of PC) complained that he felt “victimized” after Piper had read a passage from First Corinthians, Piper wrote a letter to his community entitled, “This is Not a Day Care. It’s a University!”

Piper wrote, “Our culture has taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic. 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.’” That is exactly what we hear on campuses these days from snowflake students who’ve been taught to think that their feelings are the most important thing in the world — and often getting support from administrators who fear to cross them.

For his stance against letting political correctness take control of our universities, Dr. Piper has been chosen to receive the Bradley Foundation’s Jeanne Kirkpatrick Prize for Academic Freedom, which will be awarded at the CPAC Reagan Banquet on March 4.

Bravo, Bradley Foundation — excellent choice!

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.


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