World's largest Baptist university rescinds degree bestowed on comedian Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby has denied all of the sexual abuse allegations made against him, but Baylor University nevertheless refuses to let its good name be tarnished by those allegations.Reuters

Back in 2003, the world's largest Baptist university bestowed upon comedian Bill Cosby an honorary doctorate degree.

However, that was before the sexual allegations made against the actor came to light.

Now, Baylor University is joining several other schools in rescinding the degree it gave to Cosby due to his "acts of interpersonal and sexual violence" that goes against the school's values.

About 50 women have already come forward accusing Cosby of drugging, raping, and sexually assaulting them, according to Charisma News. The incidents occurred decades ago, therefore putting into play the statute of limitations for legal actions.

Cosby has denied all of the allegations, but Baylor University refuses to let its good name be tarnished by the accusations hurled against him.

"Baylor University is working to confront the scourge of interpersonal and sexual violence wherever it occurs," the school said in a statement. Baylor's Board of Regents made the decision on Thursday and revoked the honorary degree on Friday.

Earlier this year, another group called Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE) has demanded that the White House revoke Cosby's Medal of Freedom, which was given to him in 2002.

Angela Rose, executive director of the victims group PAVE, wrote in their website, "The presidential medal of freedom is the highest honor award to an American civilian. Bill Cosby's name does not belong among this distinguished list. Cosby admitted to procuring drugs to have sex with women without their consent. We cannot yet give his accusers their day in court, but we can fight back in the court of public opinion."

However, President Barack Obama has already said that even if he condemns the actions made by Cosby, he cannot revoke the award.

"I'll say this. If you give a woman — or a man, for that matter — without his or her knowledge a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that's rape. And I think this country, any civilised country, should have no tolerance for rape," he said, according to NBC News.

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