Friday, May 22, 2009

Liberty University forcibly disbands campus Democrats

Welcome -- as long as you're not a Democrat.


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.

“It kind of happened out of nowhere,” said Brian Diaz, president of LU’s student Democratic Party organization, which LU formally recognized in October.

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.

I thought the school was at least edging towards the 20th century ever since they ended the ban on interracial dating -- though they still call your parents and make sure they're ok with it.

Good lord...

UPDATE 5:30 PM: We've been informed that the article on Liberty's interracial dating policy is from the 80's. I've been looking around and I can't find any recent information on their policy now. Can anyone help out?

UPDATE 5:38 PM: I've tried looking at their honor and behavior code online, but it's only available to people with a Liberty University accounts. Is this supposed to be some kind of secret or something?