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OBU prof pens editorial on Roy Moore, university responds

Dec 6, 2017

ARKADELPHIA – The long arm of politics has reached all the way from Alabama to Arkansas as Tully Borland, an associate professor of philosophy at Ouachita Baptist University (OBU), recently wrote an editorial titled “Why Alabamians should vote for Roy Moore.”

Moore is the Republican nominee in the Dec. 12, 2017, United States Senate special election in Alabama against Democratic nominee Doug Jones.

Borland’s editorial, published Nov. 30 on, acknowledged that “in his early thirties, Moore had a penchant for dating teenagers” and that “two women have accused him of having inappropriate sexual contact or coercion.”

The professor went on to state that Democratic candidate Jones “supports unrestricted abortion,” which he wrote is “morally equivalent to supporting infanticide.”

The question before voters, Borland wrote is “whether one can still maintain faith and one’s moral integrity while voting for a lesser of two evils.

“The answer is, yes, in both cases.”

The main reason Alabamians should vote for Moore rather than Jones, Borland wrote, is that Moore “will favor better policies affecting millions of people,” stating that a person can condemn a candidate’s actions yet still vote for the candidate.

“A vote is not an expression of agreement with everything about a candidate or a candidate’s views,” he reasoned.

Ouachita response

In an online response to Borland’s editorial, the OBU website stated: “In response to Associate Professor Tully Borland’s article published earlier today on about Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, Ouachita Baptist University affirms that it does not endorse political candidates or condone sexual assault.

“In regards to his article, Borland offered the following statement: ‘In my attempt to discuss how “one can still maintain faith and one’s moral integrity while voting for a lesser of two evils,” I regret that I did not make clearer that I believe sexual abuse in any form, including pedophilia, is contrary to biblical truth and my personal values.’

“According to Ouachita President Ben Sells, ‘Sexual abuse, assault or harassment in any form is contradictory to Ouachita’s Christian principles. We are absolutely committed to a safe learning, living and working environment for our students, faculty and staff.’

“While members of the Ouachita community have the freedom to express their personal opinions publicly, they do not speak on behalf of the university.”

To read Borland’s editorial in its entirety visit


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