Liberty University – a relaxed campus atmosphere to practice the silencing of dissent

May 23, 2009

In a move that surprised…nobody, Liberty University announced last week that they would no longer acknowledge the Student Democrat club as a University organization.  According to a recent report from the AP:

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Liberty University has banned its fledgling College Democrats club, saying the group stands against the conservative Christian school’s moral principles.

Club president Brian Diaz said he was notified by e-mail last week that the club was being banned by the private university in Lynchburg, Va., founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell.

Vice president of student affairs Mark Hine said in the e-mail to Diaz that the Democratic party violates the school’s principles by supporting abortion, socialism and the agenda of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. No other groups were affected.

Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. called the club’s recognition by the school “an oversight by an administrator” who didn’t thoroughly consult school policy.

Where do we even begin with this nonsense?  Perhaps it might be appropriate here to note a few other organizations who had problems with “supporting abortion, socialism and the agenda of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.” Let’s see: the Nazis, the KKK, any number of authoritarian regimes including but not limited to Mao’s China, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, Stalinist Russia, Saddam’s Iraq, the list goes on, but I think you get the point.  These fools (Jerry Falwell followers included) are a bunch of evil motherfuckers.

The absurdity of a supposed institute of higher learning practicing such blatant discrimination and a basic censorship of free political expression is almost comical.  It kinda reminds me of that scene in the classic cinematic work “How High” where Meth and Red are hearing pitches from colleges.  They hear a pitch for Reparations Technical Institute that is pretty awesome:

At Reparations Technical Institute we offer a cornucopia of educational AND business opportunities for brothers and sisters to pursue higher learning… Brothers, join us at Reparations Technical Institute and learn hatred for the white devil in a relaxed campus atmosphere, where classes range FROM Hatred for the White Devil TO Advanced Hatred for the White Devil AND Volleyball.

Right?...Riiiiiight.

I just found the text of the email sent from the VP of Student Affairs to the president of the Democrats club (thank you, Washington Post).  Ridiculous-ness ensues…

From: Hine, Mark (VP Student Affairs)
Sent: Friday, May 15, 2009 1:37 PM
Subject: LU College Democrats

This Story
I must inform you that the College democrats’ club is no longer going to be recognized as a Liberty University club. We are unable to lend support to a club whose parent organization stands against the moral principles held by Liberty University. I expressed these concerns when we met, earlier in the spring semester.

The Liberty Way states, “It is the duty of every student to respect Liberty’s Statement of Doctrine and Purpose. They may not engage in any activity on or off campus that would compromise the testimony or reputation of the University or cause disruption to Liberty’s Christian learning environment.”

The Liberty University School of Law had been working on a policy to govern their clubs and organizations for quite some time. They have now completed that policy and we have adopted it for Liberty University as well. Now that it has been adopted and will apply to all clubs and organizations, it is clear that this club does not comply.

Below is a copy of the policy which governs clubs and organizations at Liberty University. This policy is posted on the website.

STUDENT CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS POLICIES

Student clubs or organizations must request and receive permission from the Liberty University administration before they may meet on campus, advertise, distribute or post materials, or use any University facilities for their activities or events. All such clubs or organizations and their activities or events must be consistent with the University’s mission, and must be and remain in compliance with the Liberty Way, the Honor Code, and any policies or procedures promulgated by the University. The University reserves the right to refuse the use of its facilities for any reason to any student club, organization, activity or event.

Consistent with the Honor Code, all students, student clubs and organizations, faculty and staff of Liberty University, have a responsibility to uphold the moral and ethical standards of this institution and personally confront those who do not.

No student club or organization shall be approved, recognized or permitted to meet on campus, advertise, distribute or post materials, or use University facilities if the statements, positions, doctrines, policies, constitutions, bylaws, platforms, activities or events of such club or organization, its parent, affiliate, chapter or similarly named group (even if the similarly named group is not the actual parent, affiliate or chapter) are inconsistent or in conflict with the distinctly Christian mission of the University, the Liberty Way, the Honor Code, or the policies and procedures promulgated by the University.

Even though this club may not support the more radical planks of the democratic party, the democratic party is still the parent organization of the club on campus. The Democratic Party Platform is contrary to the mission of LU and to Christian doctrine (supports abortion, federal funding of abortion, advocates repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, promotes the “LGBT” agenda, Hate Crimes, which include sexual orientation and gender identity, socialism, etc). The candidates this club supports uphold the Platform and implement it. The candidates supported are directly contrary to the mission of LU. By using LU or Liberty University and Democrat in the name, the two are associated and the goals of both run in opposite directions.

We are removing the club from the Liberty website and you will need to cease using Liberty University’s name, including any logo, seal or mark of Liberty University. They are not to be used in any of your publications, electronic or internet, including but not limited to, any website, Facebook, Twitter or any other such publication.

If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mark Hine
VP for Student Affairs
Liberty University

Aside from how silly it is that any activity that runs contrary to the goals of Liberty (in promoting a Christian educational environment) is verboten, how funny is Mark Hine’s explanation of exactly how the club violates the school’s new code for campus student organizations?  Did he really call sexual orientation/gender identity a hate crime???  Note to parents: DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN TO LIBERTY UNIVERSITY!  DO NOT BELIEVE THEIR PROPAGANDIST BULLSHIT!

As one final aside, their debate team is horrible.  There’s a pretty funny – and accurate – post from our boy Zeitlin (found here) about their claims of being the top debate program in the nation.  Needless to say, they have a decent program for novices, but their varsity program hasn’t won any of the top ten college debate tournaments during the duration that I’ve been involved with the activity (over ten years).

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