Progressive website Change.org has created a petition targeting Oral Roberts University due to the presence of Martin Ssempa on the ORU Board of Reference. In a January post, I noted that Ssempa was on this advisory board and ask ORU for comment. Here is what I wrote then:
Oral Roberts University – Martin Ssempa is on the Board of Reference for ORU. Public Relations Director, Jeremy Burton explained the Board of Reference duties:
- This Board of Reference is to provide for effective communication an informative exchange and service among the public, ORU’s stakeholders, and the University.
- A board of reference is for the purpose of credibility, for reputation, and for influence.
- As a member of the Board of Reference, your name and your circle of influence lends reputation to the credibility of Oral Roberts University.
- A board of reference has no voting privileges and does not have any regularly scheduled meetings.
Mr. Burton declined to issue any other statement regarding the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.