Apparently, Liberty University — the university founded by Jerry Falwell — is officially saying that being a Democrat is against “Christian doctrine.”
Liberty University has revoked its recognition of the campus Democratic Party club, saying “we are unable to lend support to a club whose parent organization stands against the moral principles held by” the university.
…Part of [Mark Hine, vice president of student affairs'] e-mail said, “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.)” LGBT refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Mark Lawrence, chairman of the citywide Lynchburg Democratic Party, called The News & Advance Thursday after he learned about the revocation.
“My issue with this is the statement that the Democratic Party platform is contrary to the mission of Liberty University and to Christian doctrine,” Lawrence said. “They are essentially saying, ‘you cannot be a Christian and a Democrat.’”
Also from Mr. Hine:
Hine said late Thursday that the university could not sanction an official club that supported Democratic candidates.
“We are in no way attempting to stifle free speech.”
Next time you hear a “free speech” or “thought crime” argument from conservative “Christian” organizations regarding federal hate crime legislation, or lament about how public policies by secondary and higher education entities demand Christian organizations adhere to diversity policies, remember that a conservative “Christian” university has itself functionally limited freedom of thought, speech, and beliefs within the portion of the public square where they regulate speech and political affiliations.
And too, the other apparent message Liberty University is sending is that if one is self-identified as Christian, one should be a registered Republican — being a registered Democrat is apparently suspect and immoral.