Must Watch: College Denies Freedom of Religious Association to Student Groups
Kudos to my friend Drew for bringing this issue to my attention. Vanderbilt University has decided that sharing the beliefs of a religious group can no longer be a requirement in being elected for a leadership position for the group. In other words, a Christian group must allow an atheist to join and run for a post, or a Muslim group must allow a Christian to run for its president. The policy represents a total misinterpretation of what it means to be a religiously free nation, state or college. There is no law that says that a religious group must accept people of differing belief – doing so would make the organization itself pointless. Maybe this is the goal of the administration…
Above you’ll find a video showing a Q-and-A session between some faculty members and the student body. Notice the arrogant responses of the Provost – “you need to trust us and try this policy out for a year.” The assumption that a bureaucracy knows whats best for everyone is a core tenet of big-government liberalism and an idea that no conservative can bear to hear espoused by a group of people who are supposed to be educating young Americans. These people, the faculty of the school, are supposed to be role models for students, not poster-children for hypocrisy. What response could be more hypocritical than “I am a Catholic, but can you imagine what it would be like if I allowed my faith to effect my decision-making?”
If this decision has you as mad as me, let us know in the comments below, or send us an email at email@example.com. Let’s work together to make what’s happening at Vanderbilt into a national issue, so that no religion ever needs to be threatened by an oppressive authority.