The author, Bette Greene,
had been scheduled to appear at Harding, a Baptist school
in Arkansas. The visit was scheduled and the arrangements finalized, but the appearance canceled because "Bette Greene's ideas may be different from the
ideas of Harding University." Her book The Drowning of Stephan
Jones concerns a hate crime, the murder of a gay man.

The author states: "Although I have never met a Harding student,
I refuse to believe that these young adults are not fully capable
of deciding for themselves the wisdom or lack of wisdom of any
guest speaker. The university administration should have an equal
amount of confidence in its student body." The University states
that Greene was never formally invited, but was among four or
five people being considered for a speaking engagement. See the
Univ. of Pennsylvania incident above.