May 23rd, 2009 12:07 EST
Liberty University Bans Democratic Club
"Liberty University, the school in Virginia founded by the late Jerry Falwell, has expelled the Democratic Party club on the campus, saying that the national Democratic Party`s views contradict the university`s mission.
Said a school official in an email to the Democratic club, according to the Lynchburg News and Advance: `The Democratic Party platform is contrary to the mission of Liberty University and to Christian doctrine (supports abortion, federal funding of abortion, advocates repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, promotes the "LGBT" agenda, hate crimes, which include sexual orientation and gender identity, socialism, etc.).`" http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/05/22/1941175.aspx
A university is a place where eager young minds should be exposed to every side of controversial issues. If Liberty University will not allow freedom of thought and expression it should change its name to Liberty Theological School. By expelling the Democratic club, Liberty is expelling democracy.
The Liberty University College Democrats are a minority in the evangelical school; in fact I`m surprised there were enough Democrats to form a club. A university draws students from diverse cultures, and an enlightened administration will seek to make the minorities feel at home. Liberty University should be embracing the Democratic club, instead of kicking them to the curb.
Evangelicals have redefined what it means to be a Christian: A real child of God is a gun-toting, homosexual-hating, sexually-repressed, flag-waving patriot who always votes Republican.
The Democratic Party platform may be contrary to the myopic vision of Liberty University, but it`s not contrary to the teachings of the Bible. The Bible is silent of the issue of abortion, and Jesus never mentioned homosexuality. But the carpenter from Nazareth had plenty to say about self-righteous prigs who think they are superior to everyone else.
For all of their slavish devotion to the Republican Party, evangelicals have got nothing but lip service from the GOP. I wish evangelicals would have an epiphany, and realize that the Almighty is not a registered Republican.
Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. has demonstrated that he is as backwards thinking as his late father. Christians of all political persuasions should think twice before enrolling in a university that restricts free speech.
Jerry Falwell Jr. will not be persuaded to welcome back the Democratic club unless enrollment plummets. I encourage all good Christians not to enroll in Liberty University until Falwell realizes that his approach isn`t democratic or Republican, but fascist.