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University Bans College Democrats Club

Here's a news item that didn't get much exposure.  Officials at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia have seen fit to ban the relatively new College Democrats club because, in the officials' view, the club violates the school's moral principles.

How does the College Democrats club violate the school's moral principles?  Well . . .


Club president Brian Diaz said he was shocked to be notified by e-mail last week that the club was being banned by the private university in Lynchburg founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell. The university first recognized it in the fall.

"We were shocked, as well, that (the club) even got accepted. It was huge, and we were glad that Liberty did that," Diaz said in a telephone interview from Orlando, Fla.

The club is barred from using Liberty's name, advertising events and holding meetings on campus. Violators could be reprimanded and face expulsion for repeated offenses.

Vice president of student affairs Mark Hine said in the e-mail sent to Diaz on May 15 that the Democratic party violates the school's principles by supporting abortion, socialism and the "'LGBT' agenda," referring to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. The e-mail said that even though the campus group "may not support the more radical planks of the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party is still the parent organization of the club on campus."

Mathew Staver, the dean of Liberty's law school who also is overseeing a review of university policies, said the decision stemmed from a new policy governing student groups. No other groups have been affected, including the campus Republican organization, he said.

Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. said the club's previous recognition by the school was "an oversight by an administrator" who didn't thoroughly consult school policy.

Read the full article for further details.  Another news source notes:

“We have been involved with the Lynchburg Democratic Committee lately, and definitely plan to stay involved there. If we can't be Democrats on campus, we can still be Democrats in Lynchburg,” College Democrats events chair Marilyn Johnson told The Christian Post. “This will absolutely not stand in the way of our political involvement/activism.”

Some interesting perspectives emerge from the comments on the Fox News site.  Examples:

I am currently a 2L at the Liberty University School of Law. The solution to this problem is very simple and sadley [sic] overblown. If you don't agree with the precepts of Liberty University go somewhere else. People don't understand what liberty is about. Liberty University has the liberty, as a private institution, to make and enforce the rules and regulations they choose. Students and employees have to liberty to choose to go to any school to learn or work that they wish ... Read moreto. The idea of liberty is not about allowing people to intrude on others liberty; it is about allowing people the liberty to seek out and to express themselves in ways that do not conflict with the liberty of others to do the same. This was probably not an innocent attempt at equality as much as it was a concerted effort to caricaturize [sic] Liberty University. If it wasn’t so predictable it would be sad. At this point, it's just become funny.

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Why does everyone keep mentioning socialism? Why do most American's seem to not understand the meaning of the word? If ANY state in these United States is anywhere near socialist, it is Alaska (Sarah Palin). Alaska takes money from the the Oil Industry and redistributes it amongst Alaskan citizens . . .

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What do you think?

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