Oklahoma Wesleyan University’s president Everett Piper is gaining national attention after a blog post he wrote about politically correct students went viral.
An OKWU student approached Piper after a chapel sermon left them feeling “offended” and “victimized.” Piper was less than thrilled.
Instead of providing the student with comfort, he wrote a passive aggressive blog post bashing students who pride themselves on being politically correct.
“Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic,” he wrote in the controversial post. “Any time their feelings are hurt, they are victims! Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them ‘feel bad’ about themselves, is a ‘hater,’ a ‘bigot,’ an ‘oppressor,’ and a ‘victimizer.’”
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. 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!
According to Piper, the student – who should know better than to attend a Christian college and then complain about a sermon – “felt offended because a homily on love made him feel bad for not showing love. In his mind, the speaker was wrong for making him, and his peers, feel uncomfortable.”
Considering the slightly crazed source, I’m wondering how true this is. But regardless, Piper does have a point; with the amount of social activism on college campuses, every student can find a reason to be offended by something.
College isn’t a day care, and people are allowed to have different views than you do – faculty included. Of course there are restrictions – like hate speech and racially-charged threats – but other than that, welcome to the real world! You’re not going to like what everyone has to say. You think your boss is going to care that you’re offended that they don’t buy almond milk for your coffee? No. And if you complain about it, they’re going to either laugh in your face, or straight-up fire you.
Enjoy this last stretch of humanity while you can – it’s nasty out there.