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Everett Piper

Everett Piper

Everett Piper, is president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University and author of “Not A Day Care: The Devastating Consequences of Abandoning Truth."

Articles by Everett Piper

The Sun and the Lion Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Escaping the Underworld

In "The Silver Chair," the fifth book in the "Chronicles of Narnia" series, we follow three main characters, two children named Scrubb and Jill and a Narnian friend called Puddleglum, as they venture into a dark underground world in search of Rilian the Prince of Narnia who is being held captive by none other than an evil witch. Published April 1, 2018

Leaders of a Mississippi college town voted Tuesday to permit a gay pride parade, reversing a previous denial and moving to defuse a lawsuit alleging discrimination and free speech violations. (Associated Press)

Love is love, or is it?

Two weeks ago, I wrote a column titled "Conversations About Sex." In this article, I asked this basic question: If our culture has decided there is no such thing as an objective moral standard pertaining to sexual behavior then on what basis can we make any moral judgments about any behavior? Published March 25, 2018

Illustration on GOP obstruction of protection for religious liberty in Oklahoma by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Honest and dishonest devils

On March 15, Oklahoma's Senate was scheduled to vote on SB 197, the Protection of Freedom of Conscience Act. This act sought to codify into law the rights and protections of all Oklahomans to express and practice their religion freely in the public square without fear of government penalty or government coercion. The Oklahoma Senate is composed of 48 members, 40 of which are currently Republican. Published March 18, 2018

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2016 file photo, runners make their way along a sidewalk on the campus of Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. Wheaton is getting a $10 million donation in 2018 from the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, a conservative backer whose namesake is a Wheaton alumna. The gift will create an endowed professorship on social entrepreneurship and new space for existing programs on the topic. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

'Who are you to judge?'

"The Lottery" is a classic short story written by Shirley Jackson in 1948. It's the tale of a rural, farming community in America of about three hundred residents. The town seems normal by all accounts as it prepares for a traditional, harvest-time event known as The Lottery. Published March 11, 2018

Illustration on tolerance for sexual perversion by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Conversations about sex

As a college president, I'd argue there are some things that should be confronted, some that should be confessed and some about which we can have a conversation. As a teacher, it is my goal to produce students who are able to distinguish between these three categories. Published March 4, 2018

Illustration on OKWU court victory over the Obama Administration's Department of Education by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When David beat Goliath, once more

In 2011, every college and university in the United States received a "guidance letter" from the Obama administration's Department of Education declaring that all colleges and universities across the land, from Brown to Berkeley, were required to immediately amend their policies and procedures for responding to any claims of sexual harassment and sexual assault on their respective campuses. Published February 25, 2018

Logical Progression of a Gun Ban Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

More laws do not a moral people make

This past Valentine's Day, Nikolas Cruz entered a classroom in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and proceeded to murder 17 people and wound 15 others. Before any meaningful criminal investigation could even begin, our nation's cultural elites rushed to their respective podiums, finding fault and casting aspersions. Scoring political points is the name of the game. Removing personal rights embedded in our Constitution and replacing them with more laws and less freedom seems to be the only way they know to keep score. Published February 18, 2018

File - In this Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 file photo, students study in a library on the campus of California State University, Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif. California State University is considering raising tuition in 2018-19 for the second straight year, a move trustees say would be a last resort if the state does not chip in more funding for the country's largest university system. The Board of Trustees said Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, that Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed state budget, released earlier this month, allocates a fraction of what the system's 23 campuses need to maintain their quality of education at a time of record-high enrollment. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

First and second things, character and color

C.S. Lewis told us in "God in the Dock": "Put first things first and second things are thrown in. Put second things first and you lose both first and second things." In his publication titled First Things, Richard John Neuhaus warned, "One must never underestimate the profound bigotry and anti-intellectualism [of second things]." Published February 11, 2018

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George Orwell called, and he wants his royalties

Have we completely lost our minds? In a word: Yes. Cosmopolitan Magazine has released its February issue, featuring the most recent transgender poster child Laverne Cox on its cover. There is so much wrong on this one page that it makes one's head spin. Published February 4, 2018

Illustration on the divine path by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Walking in God's image

As the president of one of the dozens of universities in the United States that carry the "Wesleyan" name I have often been asked: "What's a Wesleyan?" Likewise, hardly a day goes by where I am not asked what seems to be one of the most seminal questions of our time: How should the church respond to our society's tsunamic shift toward the celebration and acceptance of the broader LGBTQ agenda? Published January 28, 2018

In this Oct. 18, 2017 photo, Collinsville High School Latin teacher James Stark speaks to students in his classroom in Collinsville, Ill. Stark views his students' well being as his top priority. Teaching Latin is somewhere down the list. Stark has been a teacher for three years. At 24 years old, he was named the 2017 Illinois Latin Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Classical Conference. His students say they think of Room 225, the Latin classroom, as a sanctuary. (Derik Holtmann /Belleville News-Democrat, via AP)

When student teachers are shunned

The Oklahoma Council for Public Affairs reports that a collective bargaining group representing public schools in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, is calling for a boycott of student teachers from the local Christian university. The reason for the proposed shunning? Oklahoma Wesleyan University's president (yours truly) dared to suggest that the bad ideas presently being taught in our nation's schools might, at least in part, be responsible for the bad behavior we are seeing in our national news. Published January 14, 2018

FILE - In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Facebook is acknowledging something many already know: Passively scrolling through social media can make you feel bad. The social media giant whose platform has become a daily addiction for hundreds of millions of people sheds light on both sides of the issue a blog post Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

'You don't get to make up your own Jesus'

Piper: It's not about gay or straight, it's about the definition of what it means to be human. Even Gore Vidal said, "there is no more such a thing as a homosexual person than there is a heterosexual person, these are behavioral adjectives." We are not defined by our desires. It's about our behavior. It's not about our being. Published January 7, 2018

Schools with more than Play-doh

In C.S. Lewis' "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe," Susan, upon hearing of the great lion from across the Eastern Sea, asks whether Aslan is "safe." Mr. Beaver responds: "Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good.' " Published December 31, 2017

A Christian worshipper attends the Christmas mass at the Saint Joseph Chaldean-Assyrian Catholic church, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. Iranian Christians are a minority and recognized by the constitution in the Muslim country and are represented in the parliament. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

How Christmas changed the world

Christmas Day has come and gone and once again, the headlines of the holy-day season have been awash with stories of the secular intolerance of Christ's mass. Published December 25, 2017

Illustration on the hopes generated by Christmas by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Always winter but never Christmas

In C.S. Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," there is a scene where we find the children standing fearful and confused in a land that is frozen and nearly lifeless. A lamppost stands somberly in a windless forest that is blanketed with snow and the few creatures the children do encounter are frightened and paranoid. Published December 17, 2017

Stained Glass Badge Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The courage to judge

The Washington Surgi-Clinic in Washington, D.C. is now on record saying that, for a modest fee, it will perform a late-term abortion on a healthy, viable baby boy or girl. Published December 10, 2017

Wasted College Education Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Bringing light to the dark halls of the ivory tower

Since the release my book, "Not A Day Care: The Devastating Consequences of Abandoning Truth," I have been asked over and over again by the likes of everyone from Pat Robertson and Adam Carolla to Glenn Beck, Dennis Prager, Dana Perino and Jim Dobson: "Okay, Dr. Piper, you've identified the problem in our colleges and universities, now what's the solution? Published December 3, 2017