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. David

    Why does it seem like everything related to the GOP, is about taking rights away from people?

    May 22, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. Robin in Tampa, FL

    Wow, I didn't realize Liberty University was run by the Christian Taliban. What next? Will the start expelling students based on their political leanings? Absolutely terrible.

    May 22, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Schell in PA

    Don't these people realize the separation of church and state was to protect the church even more than the state? See how corrupted some of these "churches" have become by politics. They should be ashamed, it's worse than the Middle Ages. Ban whoever you want, preach politics as much as you want, but don't you dare scream bloody murder when the IRS comes knocking on your door!

    May 22, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. Mike

    If they want to be in a College Democrats organization, that's fine, pick a different school. Liberty University is completely within their rights, it is a private school. More christian schools need to stand up for their principles. We won't be bullied.

    May 22, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. RIP

    Apparently some do not realize Jerry Falwell has passed away.

    May 22, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. Hilary

    Wow. Well, since it's a private institution it can do whatever it wants, I guess. Rather hypocritical of a university that claims to be a Christian one, but whatever. I am kind of curious though to see how long their chapter of College Democrats existed before they decided on this.

    May 22, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Kevin

    The first thing the Nazi's did – ban the opposition. Yes, "Liberty" has a right to do it because they are a private institution, but they can't really expect the rest of us to take them seriously can they?

    L I B E R T Y U N I V E R S I T Y = JOKE

    May 22, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    the typical fascist tendency of the GOP

    May 22, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Born Again Pagan

    Phil May 22nd, 2009 4:45 pm ET

    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.

    No doubt, I don't recall where Jesus said, "forgive us our trespasses as we trespass on others."

    May 22, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. Tom L

    Before everyone freaks out about not allowing this organization onto its private campus, let's not forget about ROTC being banned from several institutions.

    May 22, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. Longhorn7

    The good Rev. Jerry Falwell just proves he does not believe the bible he sets his Sunday Messages on. The lord says judge not lest you shall be judged. For whatever excuse he's using to not allow this Chapter to be on campus is a direct insult to the church, christians and God who says everyone is created equal and shall be judged equal. Their sexual orientation should never keep them from collegs of whatever they choose to go to. When you are wrong admit you are wrong. Let the unguilty of sins cast the first stones and quit proving that most of the American people are heatherns.

    May 22, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Well, GOPers, there goes your moral high horse for claiming that liberal colleges are engaged in a campaign of violating conservative students' free speach rights. Have a nice demise.

    May 22, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. Old white lady in Birmingham, AL

    This school should not get any federal money. Can you imagine what would happen if some liberal school banned the college GOP club? OMG it would be world war three with those people. I think some college should try it and see what happens.

    May 22, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. Moderate Democrat


    After reviw of the rules, Jesus Christ wouldn't be allowed to attend.

    May 22, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. Jay Henry from Jamaica

    Jesus never involved himself in the politics of any day. He said blatantly and clearly in his words that his Kingdom was not of this. Ah but the Taliban part of it, Liberty is a bit that way. Jesus was more of a liberal in that He gave people the power of choice at creation. He could made us like robots. Liberty stance is more robotic.

    May 22, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. ashley

    ooops Democrat not democrate...

    May 22, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. Steph

    All forms of religious extremists try to ban honest debate and freedom of thought. What next...banning education for girls?

    May 22, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. Anjum...Buffalo,NY

    Wow, where are all of the 1st Amendant supporters???...

    Tim, No one's saying they can't do this, they're saying it defeats the purpose of a university (see: education). A university is where you learn to think, not where you are told what to think.
    That said, this school doesn't hide what it stands for. It's main page says "Training Champions for Christ." I think we can all agree that the American brand of Christianity has (more than not) strayed far from Christian principles of morality and tolerance, and this school preaches this form of Christianity.

    May 22, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. Sarah

    If they get federal funds through financial aid or grants, they have little right to do this. The minute they stop taking government money–all of it–is the day I gain any shred of respect for this madrassa.

    May 22, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. shovelhead

    The school did a good thing. They don't need these idiot dems in there polluting and watering down what is right!

    May 22, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. George Rush

    We need to go after the accreditation of this so-called school. Contact the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association. Also need to take this people to court. It is discrimination.

    May 22, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. Chris in Va.

    What do you expect from a Hitler Youth camp, uh campus.

    May 22, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. ANDY2.0

    Proud memeber of the party of no

    Its the party of no brains. Take away their tax exempt status, they are political.

    May 22, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. Kevin Denver Colorado

    Mike: More christian schools need to stand up for their principles. We won't be bullied.

    No YOU ARE the bullies

    May 22, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. mark

    ZEIG HEIL...ZEIG HEIL....ZEIG HEIL!!!! Long Live the American Nazis!!!

    May 22, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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