The founding of higher education in America was almost entirely Christian, to the point that, even by 1881, “80 percent of the colleges in the United States were church related and private.” As one Christian author pointed out, “106 of the first 108 colleges were started on the Christian faith. By the close of 1860 there were 246 colleges in America. Seventeen of these were state institutions; almost every other one was founded by Christian denominations or by individuals who avowed a religious purpose.”
Yet an op-ed published in USA Today has called for the NCAA to ban Oral Roberts University because of its biblically based, Christian standards. What an example of bigotry and intolerance, not to mention an anti-American spirit – and I mean the op-ed, not ORU.
According to sports columnist Hemal Jhaveri, as ORU made a surprising run in the annual NCAA men’s basketball tourney, “the university’s deeply bigoted anti-LGBTQ polices can’t and shouldn’t be ignored.”
Put another way, ORU’s Christian views shouldn’t be ignored.
Yes, Jhaveri tells us, “Twice in their student handbook, Oral Roberts specifically prohibits homosexuality. In their student conduct section, under the heading of ‘Personal Behavior,’ the school expressly condemns homosexuality, mentioning it in the same breath as ‘occult practices.’”
How horrific and unthinkable. A Christian university founded by Oral Roberts holds to Christian values. A Christian university that bases its code of conduct on the Bible holds to biblical values.