Friday, May 22, 2009

Liberty University and the scarlet "D"

It seems that the college that was founded by the leader of the "moral majority" can't abide a Democratic minority. The Washington Post reports that Liberty University is disestablishing a student Democratic Party organization.
Liberty University will no longer recognize its campus Democratic Party club because its parent organization stands against the conservative Christian school's moral principles.

The club, which has about 30 members, will no longer be able to use Liberty's name, hold on-campus meetings or be eligible for student activities money.

...students who violate the rule face reprimands under the school's conduct code, which could result in expulsion.
The school will continue to fund a College Republicans chapter, as its advocacy of preemptive wars, torture, capital punishment, unrestricted gun ownership, environmental despoliation, and income redistribution toward the wealthy is in keeping with the school's principles of "develop(ing) Christ-centered men and women."

Will David Horowitz's Freedom Center or other conservatives who have railed against one-sided policies on college campuses take up the cause of freedom of expression at Liberty U? Don't hold your breath.

3 comments:

Pino said...

I agree, this smacks of plain ol' no good.

But then again, it is a private university, yes?

And we have many examples of PUBLIC institutions denying conservative organizations, yes?

In the end, it paints the university as an organization that does not stand for open debate. However, I don't think that they opened their doors on the premise of open debate. Rather, they opened their doors in support of things typically conservative.

Dave Ribar said...

Pino:

Can you give an example of a public institution disestablishing a mainstream, student-supported conservative organization? The closest thing I can think of is banning ROTC from some campuses.

Do things "typically conservative" include shutting off political discourse?

Pino said...

Can you give an example of a public institution disestablishing a mainstream, student-supported conservative organization? ROTC was what I had in mind.

Though the recent shout down on the UNC campus came to mind as well. While perhaps not University sponsored, there were many faculty engaged in that activity.

Do things "typically conservative" include shutting off political discourse?I agree with you; this is no good and diminishes the capital C Conservative cause.

But it IS a private organization and they can support whoever they want.