May 23rd, 2009
09:16 AM ET
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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. Tim Biddy

    Poorly worded.

    The school has a problems doe the Dem group becasue they(the school) oppose Gay Marriage and a woman's right to choice.

    May 22, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. katiec

    You can't be a Democrat and a Christian.
    Sounds like the republican party. Wonder what the schools stance is on lying, hypocrasy, fear mongering, failure to perform, unAmerican
    activities, ego, torture, and hiding misdeeds behind religion?

    May 22, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. heartlight3

    This should be grounds for revoking their tax exempt status.

    May 22, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    It's close to tragic that the "Religious Right" fanatics managed to steal the Republican Party. Self-righteousness and idiocy, all in one package...

    May 22, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. Ken in NC

    "You can't be a Democrat and be a Christian". I guess that makes Liberty University the US version of the Taliban Training Center. Now they are telling you what you must subscribe to for the purpose of being one of them. Well they are a private institution so I guess they can make the demands they choose.

    May 22, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. No Incumbents 2010

    Private University. Get over it!

    May 22, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. GOP = 21st century dodo

    I agree with Jason. They're a private university and as such, they can do whatever they want.

    Although things like this make a degree from Liberty University slightly less valuable that one from Central Alabama Beauty College.

    May 22, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. js -----santee

    If He hadn't risen HE would be rolling over. I am appalled.

    May 22, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. JT

    The "religious right" has become a major oxymoron.

    May 22, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. No Incumbents 2010

    Kudos to Liberty University. At least they have more principles than Notre Dame.

    May 22, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. Margot

    Why does the far right always have to have this "my way or the highway attitude" ? If a Liberal Arts College decided to revoke recognition of a College Republicans' group, the GOP would be all over it like white on rice. Why is it so hard for Conservatives to find common ground? Someone please explain this to me?

    May 22, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. Jeff M.

    Yet a recent poll of Christians, in this country, shows a majority support torture.
    Hypocrites who are still stuck in the Middle Ages.

    May 22, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. Ted Tartaglia

    Just goes to show you how non tolerant these bigoted right wing evangelists are. They can support the RepubliCON party that has no morals or ethics whatsoever. If Jerry Fallwell's bunch can accept the family values displayed by many Republican politicians, Heaven help us all.

    May 22, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. Lowell

    Private university....
    It can do this....

    If it wants to showcase its stupidity to the world, it's more than able to.

    Goodness knows, this is one of the stupidest things I've heard today.

    May 22, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. Ted

    The article states that the Democratic Party platform opposes abortion rights and gay marriage. That is incorrect. According to other articles about this issue, the Liberty College Democrats club had opposed abortion rights and gay marriage before the college shut the club down.

    May 22, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. Cali J

    Why is it OK when Berkeley can turn away the Young Republicans, but a Conservative College doesn't have the same right? Only when you disagree with Liberalism can you be silenced. If you disagree with Conservatism, you should be rewarded. You Libs are huge Hypocrites.

    May 22, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. bjohnson

    Ben Stein's next movie Expelled: No Democrat Allowed

    May 22, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. No Incumbents 2010

    By engaging in partisan politics, Liberty University's will have its tax-exempt status revoked according to tax law. Students should be ashamed that their school is so intolerant and hateful.

    May 22, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. brad

    Chalk up this as good news. Will make sure it doesn't take any of the potentially bright ones.

    May 22, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Len

    And this is a University that is suppose to promote love and caring for all people.

    Republicans, you are unfortunately doomed in 2010 and 2012.

    May 22, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |

    So Let me get this Straight if your a Democrat your Not a Christian? The Religious Extreme right has turned into the Taliban!

    May 22, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  22. Renee

    How do you say Taliban in English? The Religious Right.

    These people are a far cry from Jesus and his teachings.

    May 22, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. Not surprised!!!!!

    This is no surprise to me. I am a Christian and I am ashamed at how we are sometimes represented. How do you say someone is not a Christian because you are a democrat? Fallwell was the biggest crook I have ever seen in my life. I love God, love this country and love the fact I can agree to disagree with my friends on pertinent issues of our day. These same people approve of torture, give excuses for children being rapred at the hand of religious leaders, have their daughters get abortions. We need to reassess our priorities as Christians and truly love one another, even those that do not agree with us.

    May 22, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. JT

    Mind control is alive and well in 2009.

    May 22, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. Independent voter in PA

    Of course they are a private organizationa and can do as they please. They definitely don't believe in "Liberty", and anybody who wants their kid to get a job for more than minimum wage should think long and hard before paying their hard-earned money to that "school", but that's the "University's" problem. And I have every right to refuse to give my party affiliation, money or vote to any politician, group or organization remotely associated with their "movement". Done!

    May 22, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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