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    Liberty University Bans Democrat Club

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    Liberty University's Democrat students club received notice last week that it would no longer be able to associate the University's name with any of its activities. According to a Lynchburg VA paper, the club's leadership was told "we are unable to lend support to a club whose parent organization stands against the moral principles held by" the school. “The Democratic Party platform is contrary to the mission of Liberty University 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.)
    I know it's an editorial but it stems from a real event. If someone can find a better article I'd appreciate it.

    I realize this is a private institution so they can do what they want, but I still believe a broader issue is going on here: the politicization of educational institutions. How can you just outright ban a Democrat club on these social fringe issues? It would be like banning the GOP club because you don't support war. As if the GOP never does anything "unchristian".

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    Re: Liberty University Bans Democrat Club

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
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    I know it's an editorial but it stems from a real event. If someone can find a better article I'd appreciate it.

    I realize this is a private institution so they can do what they want, but I still believe a broader issue is going on here: the politicization of educational institutions. How can you just outright ban a Democrat club on these social fringe issues? It would be like banning the GOP club because you don't support war. As if the GOP never does anything "unchristian".
    Going to war would be "unchristian". Going to war is not "turning the other cheek".

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    Re: Liberty University Bans Democrat Club

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    It would be like banning the GOP club because you don't support war.
    FIRE - Free Speech

    It already happens, and at real universities to boot.
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    Re: Liberty University Bans Democrat Club

    Liberty University is the largest and fastest growing Christian Evangelical university in the world. Founded in 1971 by my father, the late Dr. Jerry Falwell Sr., Liberty started with his vision to train young Champions for Christ. We’re now the largest private university in Virginia,
    Sounds like they are entirely within their rights. It was founded by Falwell, it is private, they have every right to do this, and based on who they are, almost a responsibility. I will never give people crap for standing up for their beliefs, as long as they are decent about it.

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    Re: Liberty University Bans Democrat Club

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    The Gaggle : Liberty University Bans Democrat Club



    I know it's an editorial but it stems from a real event. If someone can find a better article I'd appreciate it.

    I realize this is a private institution so they can do what they want, but I still believe a broader issue is going on here: the politicization of educational institutions. How can you just outright ban a Democrat club on these social fringe issues? It would be like banning the GOP club because you don't support war. As if the GOP never does anything "unchristian".
    Your error is in categorizing abortion as a fringe issue.

    But as you said this is a private organization and may do as they please.

    I would ban the Democrat Club for their acceptance of theft in the form of punitive taxation.
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    Re: Liberty University Bans Democrat Club

    Quote Originally Posted by Degreez View Post
    Going to war would be "unchristian". Going to war is not "turning the other cheek".
    Actually, decisions of war would come under the shading of accepting that the people in authority are due obedience, which is also part of Christian doctrine.
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    Re: Liberty University Bans Democrat Club

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    FIRE - Free Speech

    It already happens, and at real universities to boot.
    Given that, then maybe the topic should be expanded to universities as a whole. In Canada our universities all receive public funding, so this kind of thing wouldn't happen, but in the U.S. they're all private, right?

    So what is to be said for the politicization of educational institutions? How is this giving people a balanced approach to life?

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    Re: Liberty University Bans Democrat Club

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    Given that, then maybe the topic should be expanded to universities as a whole. In Canada our universities all receive public funding, so this kind of thing wouldn't happen, but in the U.S. they're all private, right?

    So what is to be said for the politicization of educational institutions? How is this giving people a balanced approach to life?
    Some are private and some are public.

    The public Uni's are generally run by each state.
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    Re: Liberty University Bans Democrat Club

    Quote Originally Posted by Oftencold View Post
    Actually, decisions of war would come under the shading of accepting that the people in authority are due obedience, which is also part of Christian doctrine.
    There is nothing "Christian" about humans assuming authority over others. The only "Christian" authority is God. Human authority is a product of the church.

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    Re: Liberty University Bans Democrat Club

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    Given that, then maybe the topic should be expanded to universities as a whole. In Canada our universities all receive public funding, so this kind of thing wouldn't happen, but in the U.S. they're all private, right?

    So what is to be said for the politicization of educational institutions? How is this giving people a balanced approach to life?
    From my perspective, there are really three types of universities:

    Public
    Traditional Private
    Pervasively Sectarian Private

    All state schools are in the public category, while the vast majority of private schools are in the traditional private category. There is also a small number of pervasively sectarian private schools, such as Liberty and other strict Christian or Jewish schools. Few people consider the schools in this last category as really being "universities" in the traditional sense.

    Personally, I don't care what sort of prejudiced idiocy the third category of schools gets up to. They're nuts, so more power to them.

    As to the second category, they're entitled to do what they want, but many of them shy away from these things because of their reputations.

    As to the first category, they're subject to specific restrictions on what they can and cannot do.

    In practice, many schools in the first two categories often go farrrrrr overboard in their politicization and indoctrination. The FIRE is great about really fighting against that stuff regardless of the form it comes in.
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