May 23rd, 2009
09:16 AM ET
3 years ago

Liberty University bans College Dems

(CNN) – Liberty University, the evangelical school in Virginia founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, is drawing heat Friday for its decision to revoke recognition of the College Democrats' chapter on campus.

According to the Lynchburg News & Advance, the school decided a week ago the organization "stood against the moral principles" held by the school and therefore could no longer be sanctioned.

Maria Childress, the staff adviser to the club, told the paper the school - which opposes abortion rights and gay marriage - had issues with the Democratic Party platform.

Childress says she was told by Mark Hine, the vice president of student affairs, that "'You can't be a Democrat and be a Christian and be a university representative.'"

In a conference call with reporters Friday, Terry McAuliffe - the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee who is running for governor of Virginia - sharply criticized the move.

The university did not return CNN's request for comment.


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  1. Bitter Republican, party of No I mean one, your table is ready!

    Ah, that's good old fashioned closed mindedness.

    Keep up the good work Christians, keep throwing those stones just like Jesus taught us to.....oh wait, no he didn't!

    May 22, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. Alex

    "Maria Childress, the staff adviser to the club, told the paper the school had issues with the Democratic Party platform, which opposes abortion rights and gay marriage."

    How about hiring a copy editor CNN? You guys get sloppier by the day...

    May 22, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. Scott Stern

    In ganning the democratic charter the University is in essense admitting that it does not encourage open thought or discussion. A University which does not encourage debate and discussion should really not be called a University. A religious order perhaps, a theology school, but not a University. If we ban thought and discussions at the University, what will encourage it in civil discourse.

    May 22, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. Robin in Tampa, FL

    This is voter intimidation tactic by Liberty University.

    May 22, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. Kevin Denver Colorado

    This is a the "Tier 4 college with a 3 year degree program" that Bush used to populate his justice department as well as many other positions. The graduates of this Faux college are the most uninformed under educated nimrods ever to take a breath.

    May 22, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. dina levine

    They have that right. Just like people have the choice to have abortions and believe in that, other people believe it is wrong. Remember this is America. We all can stand by our beliefs, not just the Democrats.

    May 22, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Ravi

    Wow, I don't remember Calif or New England based colleges banning Republican groups for their hateful policies.

    May 22, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. Bitter Republican, party of No I mean one, your table is ready!

    Coming up next: Girls who are too smart will be dubbed Witches and burned at the stake.

    Keep making that tent smaller!

    May 22, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. DaBird

    Liberals have no common sense to it makes perfect common sense.

    May 22, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. squealy

    And so the far right fundamental conservatives continue to narrow their field – pretty soon there will be like 2 people in the group. And, ahem, this is LIBERTY University!! Something wrong here?

    May 22, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. Kevin Denver Colorado

    Democrats are the party of highly educated graduate school professionals. Sorry if we're not as easy to fool as you retardlicans. You confuse disgust with hate, but you confuse so many things.

    May 22, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. Wolves 4 Palin Charlotte, NC

    That's fine and is their business; however, I do think they need to change the name of the college from LIBERTY to GITMO.

    May 22, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. RUTY

    I see Jerry is still calling the shots from the grave.

    May 22, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. Eduardo

    Truly an Extremist University not different from the Madrassas of Pakistan.

    May 22, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  15. J.P.

    Other than the "skinny-challenged," there is only one group in America against whom it's still considered acceptable to discriminate... people of faith. In fact, it's outright encouraged these days.

    And I don't mean crazy snake-handling, tongue-speaking holy-rollers... I mean anyone who believes in a power higher than oneself. It's literally open season on Christians, Catholics and anyone who does not worship "self as God."

    I neither praise Liberty U, nor condemn them... I just think its about time someone stood up to the dangerous cult that is secular "progressivism."

    May 22, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  16. Rob

    So, a college with SMART people. Novel idea

    May 22, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  17. Jon

    Private school...they can do whatever they want. I understand that we may disagree with the decision, but it is their right. They are funded by private dollars, the public has no say in the matter. Sad that they would do this, but it is their call.

    May 22, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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