Is it time for Texas Christian University to change its name?

Higher Education | The school’s association with Planned Parenthood reveals its true worldview
by La Shawn Barber
Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at 4:49 pm

When I wrote about Texas Christian University (TCU) for WORLD in 2013, I wondered why a Christian institution would have an “interfaith initiative” in which students “across faith traditions came together to celebrate our individual beliefs, learn about one another, and work together to change the world.” How exactly do Christians go about celebrating someone’s belief in a false god?

But TCU hasn’t been a religious school for some time, and that’s the real issue. TCU is not like Wheaton College or Biola University. Think Duke University or Southern Methodist University, which both began as Christian institutions. They’re now secular, private universities. TCU may call itself a “theological” institution and have some ties with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), which has “Presbyterian and Baptist roots,” but that’s as close as it comes to being a Christian school.

To avoid confusion, why not replace “Christian” in the school’s name to something like “Community” or “Carnal”? That way, school officials wouldn’t have to change the initials. Or drop the name altogether and go with the initialism “TCU,” much like KFC or IBM or LGBTQ. It would help clarify the school’s worldview whenever it does something like offer students college credit for working for an organization that vacuums and scrapes unborn babies from their mothers’ wombs in the name of “reproductive justice.”

Students for Life of America reported on Monday that TCU will offer college credit to a student interning at the country’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. The school’s history department sent out an email about a project to highlight the 80-year-plus history of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas. If a TCU student scores the internship or “volunteer opportunity,” perhaps she should mention the Center for Medical Progress’ undercover video series. Planned Parenthood abortionists were recorded discussing the sale of aborted-baby body parts.

Would Planned Parenthood even select a student from a school with the word “Christian” in its name?

Would Planned Parenthood even select a student from a school with the word “Christian” in its name?

TCU is certainly focused on a different mission than teaching biblical values or protecting the unborn. The school “strives to provide diverse learning opportunities for students to effectively prepare them for the global community,” a spokesman wrote in an email to The Blaze in response to questions about the internship. “Diverse learning opportunities” at an organization that slaughters the unborn. How global of TCU, which also states that it doesn’t “support political or personal statements associated with any” internships.

TCU could take a stand against the abortion industry. It could choose to decline to share “opportunities” for students at places that promote death. But it probably won’t. It’s easier to go along with secularism and hasten the decline. Fortunately, we can rely on a sovereign God. If a Bible-believing TCU student is selected for the internship, perhaps she can smuggle in the gospel and save some precious unborn lives.

La Shawn Barber

La Shawn writes about culture, faith, and politics. Her work has appeared in the Christian Research Journal, Christianity Today, the Washington Examiner, and other publications

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  • Sawgunner's picture
    Posted: Sun, 09/04/2016 10:25 am

    I tend to believe that denominational oversight, command and control or what have you is minimal at best at many institutions which retain a denominational modifier in their name. Do private church affilitated schools gain any type of preferential tax treatment? Of course who in our govt has the power and what are the determining credenda for say whether or not a school is sufficienly or insufficiently true to its namesake demoninational heritage? Georgetown university is nominally under the control of a Catholic order. That should make it pretty clear where they stand or should stand on homosexuality or abortion. And yet I believe they have the ever-present LGBT rainbow students clubs, the "voices for choice" club etc.

  • Tessa
    Posted: Tue, 09/06/2016 09:35 am

    I followed the link to TCU's site and saw what I had inferred: TCU is working with Eboo Patel's Interfaith Youth Core. My first year at a secularists Catholic school, Eboo Patel came and spoke after all the freshman read his book. His message is that we all worship the same god, just in different ways and with different names. Muslims aren't violent, they just have a few loonies who call themselves Muslim while attacking others, similar to the way we resent the "Christian" man who shot up a Planned Parenthood center.

  • Dra Wiersems
    Posted: Thu, 12/01/2016 07:55 am

    Are there any examples of secular colleges going 'religious'? Maybe Grove City or Hillsdale? 

  •  notalemming's picture
    Posted: Sat, 12/03/2016 01:57 pm

    TCU accepts government money (financial aid programs), hence, they also offer worldly diversity.  Bow to the government and it's mandate for inclusiveness.  Yes, they should change their name for it's an abomination that Christ's name be used for anything unholy.  Our family is part of a scholarship endowment and we will be looking into separating ourselves from this school.  Admittedly it was the Planned Parenthood internship program that sealed the deal for me.  If someone wants to intern at PP to hopefully bring the gospel to the enemy, then I will pray for their courage and protection. But this program is not something that the taxpayer should be responsible for, which happens through the financial aid programs that the government provides for TCU students.  Furthermore, there is only one God, and to encourage the worldly view of all religions matter, that is a grieving of the Holy Spirit.  Be warned.      

  • Faith Elizabeth Hunter's picture
    Faith Elizabeth...
    Posted: Tue, 12/06/2016 07:14 pm

    As a Bob Jones University student, I can attest BJU both accepts government funds & upholds Christian teaching. While there may soon come a day when funding is cut to those holding Biblical standards, that day has not arrived.