Liberty University, the fundamentalist Baptist school founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell in Lynchburg, Virginia, has disenfranchised the fledging College Democrats club at the school. From the Fox news story
Vice president of student affairs Mark Hine said in the e-mail sent to Diaz on May 15 that the Democratic party violates the school’s principles by supporting abortion, socialism and the “‘LGBT’ agenda,” referring to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. The e-mail said that even though the campus group “may not support the more radical planks of the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party is still the parent organization of the club on campus.”
Well, yes, the Democrats support all of those things. Liberty University does not.
It may have been a dumb mistake on Liberty’s part to allow the Democrats to start up in the first place. Now, in correcting their mistake, Liberty will be made to look like bigots and knuckle-dragging cave dwellers for not endorsing positions anathema to conservative Christians. One question for Liberty that presents itself is this: what other groups that have received Liberty’s approval have agendas that might not be supported by the university?
Liberty is not a public institution; they’re free to limit groups that use their facilities. That said, it is hard to see the harm in having a different point of view on campus on some very touchy subjects. Who knows, perhaps some of the Democrats at Liberty might be convinced of the error of their ways. Or vice-versa. Truth will out, I’ve heard it said…OK, that’s Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice), not Scripture. But it’s true nonetheless.
As for any group that calls itself “Democrat” being pro-life and taking a biblical view of homosexual behavior (i.e. against it as a sin), well, good luck with that project. If these Liberty Democrats are so out of step with conservative Christianity, then one must ask: what in God’s name are they doing enrolled at Liberty University in the first place?
The point isn’t to find Democrats that disagree with the vast majority of other Democrats who might “fit in” with the mainstream as it is at Liberty University. The point is to allow Christians to freely debate important social issues; to challenge, to confront with their reason and with their faith.
This isn’t England under Bloody Mary. Christians don’t burn heretics anymore. Neither should we fear open dialog with those we believe to be in grave error.