Cancel Culture Takes Aim at College Basketball

Oral Roberts University will always hold a place close to my heart.
Deborah is a graduate of ORU. What’s more, it is the place where I first launched the Give Me a Chance Ministry, aimed at helping disadvantaged young people get the opportunity to attend college.

ORU is a small, Christian school that believes in Biblical values. It does not spend a lot of time on the national stage. But when the ORU basketball team shocked the sporting world by making it to the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament (known as “March Madness”), the school’s history and values suddenly became a target for the leftist “cancel” mob.

Radicals now want to “cancel” ORU – or at least its sports – all because the school adheres to traditional Christian values and a Biblical worldview. While they cannot (yet) close the school completely, they want to marginalize ORU by banning it from the NCAA basketball tournaments and other competitions.

We did not exaggerate when we warned that the left would not be satisfied until all Christian and conservative voices were silenced, pushed out of the public square, or intimidated into embracing the LGBTQ agenda.

ORU Campus

And this will not end with ORU. Other schools, from Catholic colleges and high schools to private Christians schools, will surely find themselves targeted for daring to believe in the Bible. Churches, hospitals, and any organization with a religious background will find itself forced to choose between “cancellation” and abandoning its principles.

This is one of the reasons why it is so important to defeat the so-called “Equality Act.” The bill is currently in the Senate and would create the legal justification that the leftist cancel mob needs to destroy religious freedom and enforce the LGBTQ agenda.

We must stand up against these extremists. Be sure to contact your Senator and let him/her know how you feel about the “Equality Act.” And if you haven’t already done so, be sure to sign our petition opposing the bill.

If we don’t shut down the cancel mob and put an end to the intolerance, we will see our freedoms chipped away to nothing.

For faith, family and freedom,

Rev. Bill and Dr. Deborah Owens

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Rev. Bill and Dr. Deborah Owens

Rev. Bill Owens is the Founder and President of the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP), a national black-led organization based in Biblical principles that work to defend faith, freedom, and family. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Rev. Owens attended Tennessee State University, studied theology at Oral Roberts University, and holds a Master’s in Education from Christian Brothers University. As a college student, Rev. Owens was active in the civil rights movement and marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As the President of CAAP, Rev. Owens is well-known for his outspoken defense of Christianity and American values. He has been published in multiple publications and has appeared as a guest on many national news shows, including Fox’s Megyn Kelly, Neil Cavuto, Lou Dobbs, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, and CNN’s Carol Costello and Don Lemon. His most recent book, A Dream Derailed, is now available at Dr. Deborah Owens is the Executive Director of CAAP and an outspoken advocate for education reform. An author, lecturer, education consultant, and veteran educator, Dr. Owens holds a Doctorate of Education degree from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s in Education from Christian Brothers University. Her experience in the field of education includes work in Memphis and at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as well as President/CEO of Education for All. Deborah is also a licensed Church of God in Christ evangelist/missionary. Rev. and Dr. Owens live in Texas with their two youngest children. You can watch them regularly on CAAP's new YouTube show, Wisdom for Today, or visit the CAAP website at . For inquiries, please email