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Liberty University and the Liberty to Dissent
Christainity Today ^ | 1 July 2009 | Elrena Evans

Posted on 07/01/2009 9:31:56 PM PDT by greatdefender

Last month, Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, revoked its official recognition of the student Democratic group on campus, saying that the Democratic Party platform conflicted with the university's Christian principles.

Following purported complaints from trustees, parents, and (perhaps most significantly) donors, Student Affairs Vice President Mark Hine sent an e-mail to Brian Diaz, president of the College Democrats, saying that the university was "unable to lend support to a club whose parent organization stands against the moral principles held by Liberty University."

"By using Liberty University and Democrat in the name," Hine wrote, "the two are associated and the goals of both run in opposite directions." The e-mail concluded,

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.

Censorship, some said. But others noted that conservative student groups have been targeted in this way for years. Commenters on news sites and blogs pointed out that Liberty is a private university and as such retains the right to bar certain student groups from official recognition, while others countered that it's a private university, yes, but one that receives federal funding.

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TOPICS: Education; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: christianschools; christianstudents; collegedemocrats; highereducation; libertyu; religiousleft; virginia

1 posted on 07/01/2009 9:31:56 PM PDT by greatdefender
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To: greatdefender

Very interesting. Expect a lawsuit.


2 posted on 07/01/2009 9:41:49 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: greatdefender

Interesting; & what goes around comes around.


3 posted on 07/01/2009 9:43:14 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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4 posted on 07/01/2009 11:30:42 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (BG x 2)
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