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Law Professor Says Vanderbilt University Clamp-Down on Christian Groups Is Unconstitutional


by Bill Korach 10-21-11


The Report Card is usually concerned with K-12 public school matters. However, when a great university like Vanderbilt decided this week to suppress Christian groups for practicing their faith, it is worth a comment. The news story in the adjacent column is about Vanderbilt’s brazen violation of the on-Campus Christian organization’s First Amendment rights. Christian organizations have been suspended because members must conform to their Christian beliefs. Now, according to new Vanderbilt policies, Christian organizations must accept openly gay students, practicing Muslims, or a militant atheist even through these actions are a clear violation of their faith, and their First Amendment rights.

 

 

The Report Card is usually concerned with K-12 public school matters. However, when a great university like Vanderbilt decided this week to suppress Christian groups for practicing their faith, it is worth a comment. The news story in the adjacent column is about Vanderbilt’s brazen violation of the on-Campus Christian organization’s First Amendment rights. Christian organizations have been suspended because members must conform to their Christian beliefs. Now, according to new Vanderbilt policies, Christian organizations must accept openly gay students, practicing Muslims, or a militant atheist even through these actions are a clear violation of their faith, and their First Amendment rights.

Vanderbilt Law Professor Carol Swain sees Vanderbilt’s administrative action as a suppression of religion. Not only is Professor Swain correct, she makes the understatement of the decade. Christian Legal Society’’s Justin Gunter says his group’s membership is open to anyone, but leaders have a different requirement. “CLS is a Christian organization”, he told me. “That means to preserve our integrity, we need Christian leaders.” That Christian organizations need leaders who share the Christian faith is obvious to all except our University elites. Of all places, educational institutions must be open to ideas, not in the business of suppressing them. Our universities and the public schools who emulate their thinking, must once again affirm the Constitutional principles that have offered religious freedom under the First Amendment.

Vanderbilt University has also had a Muslim Student Association for the past ten years, but there has been no mention of Muslims being required to toe the same line. The Muslim organizations hold worship weekly, and one wonders whether Vanderbilt will now require the Ten Commandments t0 be poster at the Mosque doorpost.

 

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