Letter to the editor: College of the Ozarks sets right example
Jimmie basketball fans know that College of the Ozarks, in Point Lookout, Mo., has been hosting the NAIA men’s Division 2 basketball tournament for some time, 18 years in fact. C of O is unique among institutions of higher learning in America: no tuition is charged, all students work on campus, debt is discouraged, and no federal, state or private loans are made. C of O’s mission is to provide the advantages of a Christian education to those without sufficient means to procure such training. Its vision is to develop citizens of Christ-like character who are well-educated, hard-working and patriotic. Wow. Pretty objectionable, at least to a modern-day “progressive” Democrat. Safe to say, there are no ponytailed leftovers from the ‘60s teaching at College of the Ozarks, indoctrinating a captive audience of young adults with anti-American, anti-white propaganda, which unfortunately, is the modus operandi of most universities in the United States these days. Witness the proof at any Antifa riot.
Consistent with its mission, College of the Ozarks is not a big fan of national anthem protests. In fact, the C of O administration informed the NAIA of this and urged the athletic governing body to set a policy which mandates that its athletes stand for our national anthem. The NAIA refused. Given the chance to do the right thing, the NAIA dropped the ball, proving that it is nothing more than a politically correct outfit much like the NCAA and NFL. Never mind that the hapless NFL sports thousands of empty seats and cratering TV ratings each week. Never mind that the whole premise of these so-called protests is based on a fallacy propagated by the corrupt empty suits and empty skirts in the media, namely, that innocent black men are being gunned down by racist white cops on a regular basis in this country.
College of the Ozarks, backbone intact, told the NAIA to take its tournament elsewhere. C of O President Jerry Davis said “the NAIA’s refusal to mandate standing during the anthem demonstrates a lack of moral clarity on a significant national issue,” adding that “they are missing a golden opportunity to teach student-athletes about the honor due our country and its veterans.” I applaud the administrators at College of the Ozarks for standing up to the politically correct nonsense. Shame on the NAIA.