Liberty University un-recognizes College Democrats

Notre Dame redux: To what extent should a private Christian university lend its imprimatur to people or groups that are pro-choice?

And what if they’re not really pro-choice?

Diaz said he was notified of the school’s decision May 15 in an e-mail from Mark Hine, vice president of student affairs.

According to the e-mail, the club must stop using the university’s name, holding meetings on campus, or advertising events. Violators could incur one or more reprimands under the school’s Liberty Way conduct code, and anyone who accumulates 30 reprimands is subject to expulsion…

“He said it wasn’t us. It was the national Democratic Party,” which the campus club’s constitution supports, Dervish said. The campus club also opposes abortion and supports the traditional view of marriage, Dervish said.

“His bottom line was, ‘You can’t be a Democrat and be a Christian and be a university representative,’” Childress said.

Hine denied saying that…

Hine’s e-mail said, “The candidates this club supports uphold the platform and implement it. The candidates supported are directly contrary to the mission of Liberty University.”

Not sure why the school suddenly decided to act on this now; maybe they were inspired by the bishops who came out against Obama’s ND degree or maybe it’s a reaction to the number of states that have legalized gay marriage recently. Needless to say, had a secular private school de-sanctioned the College Republicans for supporting “immoral” practices like war and capital punishment, we’d be up in arms. Is the only difference here that Liberty derives its morality from religion? Or are we agreed that this is a bad precedent?