Lankford invites Wesleyan president to State of the Union

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The president of an evangelical Christian university in Bartlesville who publicly criticized today's students for a sense of entitlement will be the guest of U.S. Sen. James Lankford for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address next week.

Lankford announced Tuesday that he selected Oklahoma Wesleyan University President Dr. Everett Piper as his guest for the Jan. 12 speech.

A first-term Republican from Edmond, Lankford praised Piper's "stand for religious freedom."

The university is currently challenging whether the employer mandate of the federal health care law requires nonprofits to provide insurance coverage for contraception and abortion-inducing drugs.

Piper also criticized today's generation of students in a widely circulated essay for what he described as a sense of victimization and narcissism.

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