There’s some funny business on the Texas Christian University Facebook page lately. Reacting to a TCU athletics program post, hundreds of angry comment are blasting the private university for not standing up for Christian values and not being, um, conservative.
The grousing began when the university punished Harry Vincent, a 19-year-old sophomore, for authoring controversial Tweets about a broad spectrum of racial, economic, and religious issues. He has been put on probation by university officials, given 60 days of community service, and asked to sit through diversity classes.
As the home of Brite Divinity School, a very active TCU College Republicans club, and one of the least ethnically diverse campuses in the country, the angry comments might seem curious to outside observers
But much of the backlash is being fed by a FoxNews interview between commentator Tod Starnes and Harry Vincent that aired Monday. In the interview, Vincent admits to tweeting that Islam is “clearly not a religion of peace” and that recent Baltimore rioters were “hoodrat criminals,” but the real issue is about free speech, he said.
In the same article, Starnes noted that, “It sounds to me like Harry Vincent is guilty of being a Christian Conservative white guy.”
In a public statement, TCU officials said the university “expects its student to behave in a manner consistent with its mission… When students’ conduct violates the university’s behavioral standards, they are subject to a disciplinary process, and will be held accountable for their actions.”