Christian University Stands by Decision to Keep Bill Cosby as Speaker at Benefit Dinner, Despite Outcry From Sexual Assault Victims Group

by LEONARDO BLAIR  |  published on November 21, 2014

Officials at a West Tennessee Christian University sparked a fiery debate over Christian values Wednesday for standing by their decision to invite embattled comedian Bill Cosby to serve as keynote speaker for the school’s benefit dinner scheduled for next month, despite outcry from an advocacy group for victims of sexual assault.

David Brown, leader of the Memphis Chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, charged in a WREG report that if the officials at Freed-Hardeman University — a private Christian institution associated with the churches of Christ — go ahead with plans to host Bill Cosby at their benefit dinner on Dec. 5, he will protest.

Cosby, who declared in a New York Post report in 2013 that, “I am a Christian” is facing mounting allegations of rape from multiple women. The allegations have resulted in him being dropped from projects with NBC, Netflix and TV Land, according to CNN. Freed-Hardeman University, however, is standing by its position, infuriating Brown.

“If he does show up Dec. 5 to the auditorium, I’ll be out there protesting, and I won’t be alone,” Brown threatened, according to WREG.

“I know this is about raising money, but you can raise money more admirably than this,” he continued.

Brown explained that he sent a letter to the university, saying, “If you keep him as your keynote speaker, your fine university will hurt so many, and you will never know the harm that you have done.”