May 23rd, 2009
09:16 AM ET
10 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. Bob (Illinois)

    I think Liberty University needs to try just a bit harder to live up to its name!

    Who says Jerry Falwell is dead?

    May 22, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. Richard-Arkansas

    Perhaps there should be a move to revoke the university's ability to award degrees which call for an open mind, e.g., law degrees and teaching, and see whether their IRS status is still acceptable.

    May 22, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Phil

    A private school can do this if they want, should they? I guess when Jesus taught us that we're all brother and sisters he didn't mean Democrats too.

    May 22, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Alicia

    If it's a private university then they seem to be within their rights.

    I wonder how many students will be withdrawing from school over these actions?

    May 22, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. Richmond

    tha shall not judge, isn't that in the bible, or he just conviniently forgot that page in the bible I mean to think a president in any university can be this narrow minded is outerly inconprehensible. these are the same people who cream bloody murder for abortion but totally ok with wars and not so eager to protect the borned is hypocracy at it's highest level.

    May 22, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. Michael, Wake Forest NC

    Yet another reason to consider the outstanding Liberty University!

    In addition to their extreme closemindedness, might I also recommend their quite excellent academics, as evidenced by their 94% acceptance rate, as well as their tendency to actually send applications to high school students numerous times? It's mid-May, and just a few days ago, I received a packet in the mail with an application from Liberty.

    Seriously, though, they do realize that Billy Graham himself is a registered Democrat, don't they?

    Oh, wait. People actually like and admire Billy Graham.

    May 22, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    They used fight like hell for their intellectual credibility. Whenever their debate team scores a win against one of the weaker Harvard teams, for example, Falwell would put it into his speeches.

    Then, they do things like this and reveal who is really behind the curtain.

    They are a private university, but they seek to have a public image that bestows their graduates with credibility. If I had graduated from Liberty, I'd be requesting a partial tuition refund after this one....

    May 22, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. Melissa

    This is disgusting.

    May 22, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. Moderate Democrat

    Mike in TX May 22nd, 2009 4:34 pm ET

    Why is it that all of you spewing hate on here have no problem when a university bans ROTC but can't control your rage when a university bans a group that you support?
    Hey Mike...I see you are from Tx....hang any black people today?

    May 22, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. Keeth in California

    I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. ~ M. Ghandi

    May 22, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. Jeff in Virginia

    Typical intolerance of the religious right. Keep it up folks...

    May 22, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Pepou

    They should open a branch of their University in Myanmar ! Great place, wonderful military regime !

    May 22, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. Simmy

    WWJD? He's not welcomed there, so He would leave with the Dems.......

    I sought to hear the voice of God, so I climbed the utmost steeple.....But the voice declared, "Go down again, I dwell among my people." Some are so heavenly minded they are no earthly good......

    May 22, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. Joker1956

    Fine with me! Religion is the reason for most wars if you'll read history books! SAD that we have this happening in our country!

    May 22, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. skyhawkdriver

    Jerry falwell is a moron..liberty university has drawn the ridicule of many people for a long time..this just adds fuel to the fire..unfortunatly this also sheds light on a lot of liberal institutions that have banned such things as ROTC..I believe harvard university is one of them..maybe nancy pelosis' new job could be president of liberty university

    May 22, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. Reality Chick

    Excellent! One more step toward insignificance for the hateful right.

    Repugs: If y'all ain't white, christian, suthern sheep, y'all cain't be in are party. Marching Towards Obskurity! Ooh-rah!


    May 22, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. ashley


    I did a little research into the banning of ROTC and College Republicans and found that BOTH the College repbublicans and dems were presenting cases at universities to reinstate ROTC. I also found nothing about College Republicans losing their sanction. Maybe its in there deep somewhere, but it hasn't happened recently.

    So in my opinion that was a pretty moot point.

    That said, they ARE a private school, they CAN do what they want. If you don't like it, go somewhere else. But I totally disagree with the comment that you can't be Christian and Democrate. Judge not....

    May 22, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. ohiomike

    Wow, talk about extremism. It's very good when this type of behavior becomes public. It exposes the hypocrisy of some supposed christians.

    May 22, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. Joe the Troll

    Once again, as always, religion stands against freedom.

    May 22, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. Willy Brown


    May 22, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. TCM


    Demcrats these days = disrespectful, America-hating, spiteful punk-ass liberals...They shouldn't be allowed on any campus; they continually try to pollute the minds of youth with the entitlement mentality. The Party of D'OH was dissed!

    May 22, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. Born Again Pagan

    Luke Brown May 22nd, 2009 4:42 pm ET

    Hmmm .

    A majority of Christians in this country favor torture, preemptive war, and capital punishment.

    Maybe its time someone banned Christianity.


    You are so right.

    May 22, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. jm for sc

    Is this a new organization or does this have something to do with having a black democratic president?

    May 22, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. Sammy

    I see lawsuit coming. Doesnt matter if its a reasonable one. Its not very good publicity these days. I could be wrong but I dont think a private university can ban anybody without just cause. Politics are not one of them.

    May 22, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. John in Ohio

    You have Liberty, at Liberty University. You have the liberty to not be a filthy Democrat.


    May 22, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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