Skip to comments.Professor Says Vanderbilt Suppressing Christian Student Groups Amid Shutdown Threats
Posted on 09/26/2011 11:42:02 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
Is Vanderbilt University flirting with the suppression of religion? Yes, according to Carol Swain, a professor at Vanderbilts Law School.
Specifically, Swain is referring to four Christian student groups being placed on "provisional status" after a university review found them to be in non-compliance with the schools nondiscrimination policy.
Vanderbilt says the student organizations cannot require that leaders share the groups beliefs, goals and values. Carried to its full extent, it means an atheist could lead a Christian group, a man a womans group, a Jew a Muslim group or vice versa.
If they remain in non-compliance, the student organizations risk being shut down.
So whats behind this? Flashback to last fall. An openly gay undergrad at Vanderbilt complained he was kicked out of a Christian fraternity. The university wouldnt identify the fraternity, but campus newspaper the "Hustler" reported it was Beta Upsilon Chi. As a result, the school took a look at the constitutions of some 300 student groups and found about a dozen, including five religious groups to be in non-compliance with Vanderbilts nondiscrimination policy. All were placed on provisional status.
Among the groups threatened with shut down is the Christian Legal Society. It ran afoul with this language from its constitution. Each officer is expected to lead Bible studies, prayer and worship at chapter meetings. CLS President Justin Gunter told me, We come together to do things that Christians do together. Pray, and have Bible studies.
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I think Vandy grads should channel their donations somewhere else.
I have always thought the best approach is to take over their organizations. Have large numbers of Christians take over the gays clubs, the Muslim clubs etc. Take their funding and vote to spend it totally against what these groups stand for.
Do that once or twice and they would get the rules back in line.
Glad I read the thread before posting. I was thinking almost the exact same thing.
“Is Vanderbilt University flirting with the suppression of religion?”
Vanderbilt is about destroying “evil” Jewish and Christian religions, while it champions secular humanism, atheism, and Islam. Of course the logic is insane — what else would you expect from the best and brightest in academia?
Guess my son can take them off the football recruiting list.
Now that makes sense, why would anyone want to play for Vanderbuilt or Notre Dame (they gave Ozero an honorary PHD).
Its okay to have izzlumic prayer rooms in schools but forbid Christians from praying and getting together. Clubs, ferternities etc have a right to set their rules for membership. If you don’t meet them or refuse to abide by them, then they have a right to pitch you out!
‘Sounds like it’s time for the Christian fraternity to start a few outreach “projects” by joining gay and muslim organizations.
The fault lies squarely on alums and big donors. Shut-off the cash and these “schools” would change their tunes pronto.
“organizations cannot require that leaders share the groups beliefs, goals and values”
Just like our country and it’s so-called President.
Looks like there won’t be a Knights of Columbus Council at Vanderbilt. Yes to Demons. No to Deacons.
I was able to send in my annual donation to Vandy. Now, I’m not so sure. I’ll have to write Chancellor Zeppos and ask him what’s going on there.