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President Of Christian University: School Not A 'Safe Place' Or 'Day Care'

| by Michael Allen
Oklahoma Wesleyan University President Dr. Everett PiperOklahoma Wesleyan University President Dr. Everett Piper

Dr. Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, said last week that the private Christian school is not a "safe space" or "a day care."

Safe spaces -- where people can discuss racial and cultural issues -- have popped up at the University of Missouri, Yale University and Ithaca University in the midst of recent political protests, according to the New York Daily News.

Piper addressed this new trend in a recent blog post on the university's website. He specifically noted an incident in which a student said he felt “victimized” after hearing a sermon at the university chapel service. The sermon was reportedly about 1 Corinthians 13, a chapter in the Bible.

"I have a message for this young man and all others who care to listen.," Piper wrote. "That feeling of discomfort you have after listening to a sermon is called a conscience. An altar call is supposed to make you feel bad. 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."

Piper then suggested that students who do not agree with him should go to another university.

"Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a 'safe place,' 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," he added. "This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up.

"This is not a day care. This is a university!"

Piper also writes a weekly column for the Bartlesville’s Examiner-Enterprise where he has slammed activism by transgender people, and defended Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis for violating the law by refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, according to the New York Daily News.

Sources: New York Daily NewsOklahoma Wesleyan University -- Dr. Everett Piper's Blog Post

Image Credit: OKWUNIV via New York Daily News