Op-Eds from Ken Starr

Since its founding in 1845, Baylor University has been a place of unwavering commitment to the Christian faith. Indeed, our devotion to Christ’s inspiring message of compassion and healing compels us to care deeply for one another, as well as for “the least of these.”
The Pope’s attention to worldwide religious persecution is both timely and urgent. We are witnessing a tragic, global crisis in religious freedom — one characterized outside the West by persecution, violence and terrorism, and inside the West by a receding understanding of why religious liberty is necessary for human and social flourishing.
Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr praised the work and motivations of Baylor’s Board of Regents and the “rich and mutually supportive relationship” shared between Baylor’s administration and board in this op-ed published Sunday, July 12, 2015. “The many contributions of Baylor’s volunteer regent board — which now includes regents representing faculty, students and alumni — to Baylor’s remarkable recent success cannot be overstated. With their time, talent and treasure, the energetic alumni and generous donors who constitute our board of regents are skillfully guiding the university with integrity and distinction. The members of Baylor’s volunteer board merit our heartfelt thanks, as they continue their work to ensure that the light emanating from our cherished university will, by God’s grace, shine ever more brightly into the future.”
Thanksgiving is not only a time of feasting, in the spirit of the Pilgrims, of Samoset, Squanto, Massasoit and the Wampanoag tribe. It is a sweet time of families coming together, pausing to give thanks.
On this very day 227 years ago, the last of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention emerged from what we now call Independence Hall.
In this opinion piece, Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr lauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case on Monday as a “powerful blow for religious liberty” — one that also is good for Texas and business. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for Baylor Media Communications, helped place this op-ed.)
June 15, 2014
Guest column by Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr about the hundreds of Baylor students studying abroad this summer or serving on University-sponsored mission trips that help bring hope and encouragement to some of the world’s poorest people. Specifically, Judge Starr writes about a week-long inspirational journey of a group of 30 Baylor alumni and friends led by Todd Still, Ph.D., The William H. Hinson Professor of Christian Scriptures at Truett Seminary. The journey took the Baylor delegation to magnificent Grecian ports of call in retracing the Apostle Paul’s second missionary journey.
Should student-athletes unionize? The National Labor Relations Board’s regional director thinks yes, characterizing Northwestern football players as "employees." This misguided ruling has far-reaching legal, regulatory and financial implications that will significantly and adversely affect the future of intercollegiate athletics.
“Today this event assumes a more majestic quality because of our ability together to affirm the historic role that people of faith have played in the history of this country and the constitutional protections those who profess and express their faith have always demanded and cherished.”
From humble beginnings in the 1970s in their Oklahoma City garage, David and Barbara Green launched what is now the sprawling nationwide commercial enterprise, Hobby Lobby. Their company - now owned entirely by five members of the Green family - is now at the epicenter of an important legal battle over the breathtaking reach of the Affordable Care Act. At issue is whether - due to the Greens' deeply held religious objections - the Hobby Lobby owners have an enforceable freedom-of-conscience right not to provide several contraceptive methods (four out of the 20 ACA-required methods) to the crafts company's employees. The Supreme Court will hear oral argument in this closely watched case on March 25.
President and Chancellor Ken Starr writes about the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. case, which is scheduled to be argued before the United States Supreme Court March 25.
In the midst of Fiesta Bowl festivities last week, Baylor students, parents and administrators gathered together in northwest Phoenix to do a small part in lending that helping hand. Baylor Bears became good neighbors to our gracious hosts in the Valley of the Sun.
Last weekend, Baylor University was honored to co-sponsor a global conference in Rome, the Eternal City, on religious liberty. The Rome conference was organized over a two-year period by Baylor's new partner in the vital quest for religious freedom worldwide, Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs.
Dec. 13, 2013
Op-ed by Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr regarding Christian persecution that undermines hope for democracy in the Middle East. Judge Starr delivered a keynote address at an international conference on "Christianity and Freedom" Dec. 13-14 in Rome, co-sponsored by Georgetown and Baylor. (This op-ed was placed by Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for Baylor Media Communications.)
Nov. 11, 2013
(SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED) Opinion piece by Baylor President Ken Starr about the impact on the culture, institutions of freedom and U.S. national security stemming from increased persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East. Next month in Rome, Georgetown University in partnership with Baylor will showcase the findings of a two-year study on Christianity and freedom and confront questions such as what happens to the Middle East if Christians flee.
KITALE, Kenya -- "Hope shines here." That's the rallying cry of Baylor University's longtime partner, Buckner International, and it's heard loud and clear here on the beautiful but impoverished western edge of Kenya.
This summer, hundreds of Baylor University students have left the comforts of home to embark on mission trips literally around the globe. In a time of rancor and polarization in America, Baylor Bears are quietly and energetically reaching out to serve some of the neediest people on the planet, including here in East Africa. They are sowing seeds of peace.
April 14, 2013
Op-ed by Baylor President Ken Starr about improving civic education in our country and how Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's iCivics program has provided an outstanding example of a vibrant, curriculum-driven strategy to engage today's young people in the active practice of democracy. iCivics is now a cornerstone of the flourishing partnership between Baylor's School of Education, the Baylor Law School and the Waco and Midway Independent School Districts.
The immigration debate is now in full swing. Historically, the president's State of the Union address sets out his policy agenda; the party in opposition is given an opportunity to respond; pundits then weigh in on whether the president can achieve his goals. As debates are unfolding in Congress, one thing is clear: Partisan wrangling of the past several sessions may actually subside on this vitally important set of issues.
Sept. 17, 2012
On Constitution Day, Baylor President Ken Starr authors a guest column about the history of the U.S. Constitution and how our nation's founding document has stood the test of time.
Chron.com: (Aug. 17, 2012) The end of summer marks the launch of the new school year, including the arrival - or return - of 1.5 million students studying at Texas' 146 institutions of higher learning. This is a time of opportunity and promise, but also of pressing challenges for higher education, both in Texas and beyond.
Jan. 12, 2012
Baylor University Ken Starr's op-ed about the United States Constitution and the right of all persons to participate in the democratic process - including holding office - without the burden of religious tests or qualifications. The column is the most-read and commented upon article on washingtonpost.com.
Jan. 10, 2012
Baylor President Ken Starr's op-ed about the U.S. Constitution and the right of all persons to participate in the democratic process - including holding office - without the burden of religious tests or qualifications. The column was picked up by the Waco Tribune-Herald. Subscription required.
Jan. 8, 2012
Baylor President Ken Starr's op-ed about the U.S. Constitution and the right of all persons to participate in the democratic process - including holding office - without the burden of religious tests or qualifications. The column is one of the most-read and commented upon articles on washingtonpost.com.
Oct. 5, 2011
Baylor President Ken Starr's Sunday New York Times editorial calling for cameras in the courtroom of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared in the Waco Tribune-Herald Wednesday.
Oct. 3, 2011
Brief report on Judge Ken Starr's op-ed in the New York Times that focuses on cameras in the courtroom of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Oct. 2, 2011
Opinion column by Baylor President Ken Starr discusses how television cameras should be allowed in the courtroom of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Aug. 17, 2011
Guest column by Baylor President Ken Starr about the role and economics of athletics in the overall college experience and how university presidents "should come together and -- in the best spirit of American higher education -- have a conversation" about transparency and accountability in the operation of America's collegiate athletic conferences.
The Waco Tribune-Herald featured a guest column today by Baylor University President Ken Starr regarding the future of the Big 12. Click the link below to read the full text of Judge Starr's column with the permission of The Waco Tribune-Herald.
Waco Tribune-Herald, March 6, 2011 (opinion piece by Baylor President Ken Starr about the benefits of the Tuition Equalization Grant or TEG for students who choose to attend one of 40 private colleges or universities in Texas; SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED)
The Texas Legislature faces hard choices. Budget cuts are inevitable. Within the range of possibilities is the Tuition Equalization Grant program that supports many financially challenged first-generation and minority students enrolling in one of the state's educational treasures -- its 40 private colleges and universities, many of which are faith-based.
The Houston Chronicle, January 12, 2011 (Op-ed piece by Baylor's President, Judge Ken Starr, on the positive impact bowl games have on student-athletes, host cities, and charities.)
The 2010 college football season drew to a dramatic close Monday night with Auburn's impressive win over Oregon.
The Bryan-College Station Eagle, September 22, 2010
WACO, Texas -- Christian schools have an increasingly important role in higher education as students seek answers about life during uncertain times, Baylor University president Kenneth Starr said Friday during a ceremony.
Waco Tribune-Herald, June 7, 2010 (guest column about Baylor and the Big 12 by President Ken Starr)
On my first day as president of Baylor University, I wrote to members of the Baylor family expressing my great enthusiasm to be joining our esteemed university, my deep respect for its illustrious tradition, my abiding commitment to our important mission and my sincere vow to help advance the goals of the university in the months and years ahead.
A guest column penned by Baylor University President Ken Starr regarding Baylor and the future of the Big 12 is running in several Texas newspapers, including the Waco Tribune-Herald and The Dallas Morning News.
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