Published January 16, 2016 by Bill Sherman (Tulsa World)
An online petition was started this week to keep Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from speaking next week at the Mabee Center on the Oral Roberts University campus.
A Facebook post under the name Vianey Gonzalez stated: “Hi everyone! Donald Trump is coming next Wednesday to the Mabee Center. I just made a petition against this to show (ORU) President (William) Wilson if we get enough signatures. I would like to say that I am not doing this out of political reasons, but rather I would like to keep our school as free of discrimination as possible.”
The ORU petition is not the only one seeking to ban Trump.
The British Parliament will debate Monday on whether to ban Trump from the United Kingdom after receiving a petition with more than 500,000 signatures. The Irish Parliament also is considering banning Trump in response to petitioners.
Gonzalez did not respond to Facebook requests for an interview. According to her Facebook page, she is an ORU student from El Paso, Texas, now living in Eagle, Colorado, and is a political independent: “I have Republican beliefs with Democratic views.”
A spokesman for the ORU administration said the school is not sponsoring the Trump event and would not get involved in the petition issue.
Sonny Branham, an American government and politics professor at ORU, said he told his students that the chance to hear a presidential candidate on campus was “a rare opportunity that should not be passed up, regardless of what you feel about the candidate.”
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