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BUT NOT THE DEMOCRAT CLUB, FOR THEM THE SIGN IS:
News out of Liberty, No Democrat club on our Campus!!!
Liberty University spurns Democratic club
WASHINGTON – Liberty University will no longer recognize its campus Democratic Party club because its parent organization stands against the conservative Christian school’s moral principles.
The club, which has about 30 members, will no longer be able to use Liberty’s name, hold on-campus meetings, or be eligible for student activities money.
“I think it does the university a great disservice to stifle one side of the discussion simply because we are Democrats,” said Maria Childress, the club’s adviser and an administrative assistant at the school.
Brian Diaz, president of Liberty’s Democratic club, said he was informed of the school’s decision in a May 15 e-mail.
“The candidates supported are directly contrary to the mission of Liberty University,” the e-mail said.
Liberty has had a College Republicans club for years. The Democratic club formed in October and worked aggressively to elect President Obama.
“They . . . let the Liberty University College Republicans stay on campus, but they don’t let us,” said Diaz, 18, who will be a sophomore next year. “Sounds like censorship to me.”
Childress said she is trying to appeal the decision to Jerry Falwell Jr., who became the Lynchburg school’s chancellor after his father died in 2007. In the meantime, students who violate the rule face reprimands under the school’s conduct code, which could result in expulsion.
Being currently out of a paying position I would like to suggest to Liberty University that they hire me in a new post, called “The Guy who Advises Us on how not to look like Fascist Idiots”. I would work cheap, from my own home, and save them lots of time and energy, and serve my God and His Kingdom by preventing a fine institution from a foolish act.
I know how these decisions are reached. In a small group of like minded people someone brings up an idea, packs it into a snowball and it begins to roll down the mountainside until a village is wiped out in the avalanche. My suggestion is that I be allowed to examine the snowball for signs of intelligent life. If not me I nominate Andy Stanley, or Charles Stanley, or Stanley the maintenance man from the local high school. Someone who is a bit out of the forest so that a tree may be examined individually. The view from the Ivory tower is always myopic. Seriously, our own Jeofurry would be perfect. He is one of their own, not a dispy, and coming from the far country of North Dakota, knows a bit about snowballs.
This is NUTS! There are 30 people on campus, 30 out of thousands of students and faculty who chose to belong to the Dems. What threat or danger are they to the campus at large? Can the administration not see that shutting them down does more damage than good? The latest news is that the group may meet on campus, but not be recognized. I am not a fan of the party of Pelosi and Obama, not at all, but the whole point of our free society is to allow divergent beliefs to be expressed. Here is a short list of why if I were “the Guy” this snowball would have been tossed on the stove.
- Closing down a Democratic club shows no faith in a two party system.
- The bad press generated by this will fill atheist blogs for years.
- It is possible that this group sought change from within. I deplore some Republican methods and strategies, but I will stay to use my vote to , hopefully, bring the party back in line with my values. If I leave I will not advocate the dissolution of the party.
- College is where youth rebel. Does anybody remember hearing an old adage that goes something like: “If you’re not a liberal when you’re in your twenties you haven’t got a heart; if you’re not a conservative by the time you’re 40 you haven’t got a brain.” I registered as a democrat at age 18 to vote for Al Harris in the primary. I represented 10% of his votes in my state. At twenty I was an active Republican and have been since, although Libertarian is looking good these days.
- At a time when we want Christian bible studies on school and college campuses, this attitude of exclusivity serves poorly. We need increased dialogue with the other side, yet we fear it?
So I say, “Oi vey ist Mir” or, “I carumba ” or, ” Man, what were you thinking?” Liberty has a student behavior clause that states no student can harm the Witness of the University. No worries, no student could do the harm the administration did with one really foolish decision.
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