A speaker at Baylor University’s Chapel program last week used her platform to rail against “systems of oppression” such as capitalism, colonization, and toxic patriarchy.
Kaitlin Curtice, an author and a member of the Potawatomi Citizen Band Nation, began her lecture with a “land acknowledgement” honoring and naming indigenous people of America, and noting that she is part Native American and a “native feminist.”
“I wouldn’t dare call myself woke, when there’s still so much more waking to do,” she said. “I wouldn’t dare call myself decolonized, when there’s still so much decolonizing to do.”
“For the world to survive and for true justice to take place among us, decolonization must be a goal,” Curtice said. “We must fight against systems of oppression, systems like toxic patriarchy, capitalist greed…”
Curtice received much criticism for her chapel speech, including from Baylor’s Young Conservatives of Texas Group, which released a statement condemning the speech. The group noted that she began and ended her speech with a prayer to “Mother Mystery” rather than to God, and that she holds strong anti-conservative views, including labeling President Trump a white supremacist.
Baylor University did not immediately return a request for comment from Young America’s Foundation.
Zach Miller, chairman of the Baylor Young Americans for Freedom chapter, told YAF that he was disappointed in Baylor’s speaker choice for chapel. “It’s unfortunate that Baylor has made chapel services overtly political,” Miller said. “Chapel is one of the only opportunities many students have to be exposed to Christian thought, and instead they’re forced to sit through an hour of leftist diatribes. Every time something like this happens, the University insists that it was an accident. But those accidents never occur in favor of conservatives.”
It’s a sad day when a chapel program meant for bringing Christian students closer in their relationship to God has been hijacked by leftist talking points. Baylor University owes its students an apology.