Liberty University, the conservative Christian institution founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, has revoked its recognition of the student Democratic Party club, reports The News & Advance, in Lynchburg, Va. The university had officially recognized the group in October.
The club’s president, Brian Diaz, received an e-mail message last week from the university’s vice president for student affairs, telling him that the club must stop using Liberty’s name and holding or advertising events on its campus, the newspaper reports.
The message said, in part, “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.),” according to the newspaper. The Democratic group at Liberty has expressed opposition to abortion rights and gay marriage.
Liberty’s not alone. But at least Brigham Young University-Idaho (Idaho?) dissolved both its College Democrats and its College Republicans.
In other Free Speech U news, from behind their paywall, The Chronicle reports:
When a committee at Washington State University picked The Omnivore’s Dilemma as this year’s “common reading” selection for all incoming freshmen, faculty members effusively praised the award-winning book and hoped that people at the land-grant university were ready to have a serious debate about the practice of agriculture in America.
“Because this book deals with the food we eat today, it is likely to engender lively discussion and even disagreement,” wrote one professor who had recommended it to the committee. “But discussion and disagreement are the bread and butter of academic discourse.”
But it seems that discussion will not happen—at least not over The Omnivore’s Dilemma as a common-reading selection. Michael Pollan’s hard-hitting examination of industrial agriculture and the American diet has been dropped as the program’s text.