In light of the controversial decision to stop recognizing the college Democrats group on the campus of Liberty University, Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. announced on Monday that no groups with stated political affiliation (both Republican and Democrat groups) will be recognized by the institution. It seems that they are allowed to meet, but will be doing so unofficially and not be receiving funding from the institution.
I have to scratch my head here, because while a few weeks ago I sarcastically suggested the idea, I am not sure that this makes anything better. It seems that rather than recognize a political and ideological group because of strong opposition to those views, the administration of Liberty University has decided to completely remove politics from student life. Some phrases come to mind: “throw the baby out with the bathwater” and “cut off the nose to spite the face” are just a few that spring forward.
This further solidifies the concept that as Christians we are narrow-minded. In this case we are so much so that we would risk alienation of those with whom we agree so that we do not associate with those with whom we disagree. Can someone explain to me how this is embodiment of the message of Christ?
The Fallwell Dynasty takes yet another swipe at the church’s reputation in the United States this week by choosing not to recognize the College Democrats at Liberty University. The ban on the group would suggest that it is unChristian to be a Democrat. Well tell that to the 38% of the Democratic party that claims Christianity as their faith. Seems that this kind of act simply helps to solidify the idea in the minds of many Americans that to be Christian you have to leave all independent thought at the door.
But as an independent institution, chancellor Jerry Fallwell Jr. has every right to make the decision that he says intends no animosity against these students.
Perhaps a fair and alternative solution could be with an additional ban that is based on a beloved book from my own childhood: “But No Elephants.”