FORT WORTH (WBAP/KLIF) – A U.S. Congressman from North Texas is pushing back against a call for his removal from the TCU Board of Trustees.
Congressman Roger Williams told WBAP/KLIF on Tuesday that the TCU Faculty Senate is trying to do away with freedom of speech and Christian values and he won’t stand for it.
“They’re not going to get me off the board,” he insisted. “I’m not going anywhere.”
The TCU Faculty Senate is calling for Williams’ removal from the board, stemming from what it calls ridicule the University could face following Williams’ objection to electoral college votes in the Presidential election. The resolution is stated below:
Resolution Seeking the Removal of Roger Williams from the Texas Christian University Board of Trustees
The mission of Texas Christian University is “to educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community.” US House of Representatives member Roger Williams, a 1972 graduate of TCU, currently sits on the TCU Board of Trustees. As an alumnus of TCU and a member of its Board, Williams’s actions reflect on the University; however, his recent actions surrounding the 2020 elections model neither ethical leadership nor responsible citizenship, undermining TCU’s mission.
Therefore, be it resolved that the Faculty Senate, pursuant to Article VI, Section 1 of the Bylaws of the University, calls upon the Board of Trustees of Texas Christian University to remove Roger Williams from its membership for “conduct which causes notorious or public scandal or would tend to bring public disrespect, contempt or ridicule to the University.” This conduct includes promoting the false claim that the 2020 US Presidential election was fraudulent,1 voting in Congress to object to the certification of votes legally cast and certified in Arizona and Pennsylvania,2 and signing an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania in an attempt to overturn the results of the election.
Congressman Williams said he believes that by drafting the resolution the Faculty Senate is stating that it simply won’t tolerate a difference of opinion.
“When you have a school that the faculty won’t accept or allow a difference of opinion, that’s pretty scary,” said Congressman Williams. “If they don’t allow a difference of opinion then what are they teaching our kids.”
The Faculty Senate plans to discuss the resolution early next month.
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