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Vandy Failure

Recorded on February 1, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I’m Ernest Istook.

 

My opinion of Vanderbilt University just went down.

 

Like too many other colleges, Vanderbilt has adopted a policy they claim is to ban discrimination, but in fact tramples on First Amendment rights.

 

According to Vanderbilt officials, the Christian Legal Society cannot require that members be Christians. They not only must allow non-Christians to join, but also make them eligible to run the organization. School officials abolished their former policy that protected religious association, basically declaring that religion-based groups are now suspect.

 

The controversy seems to have started when a Christian fraternity decided that homosexual behavior was inconsistent with their beliefs.

 

But shouldn't faith-based groups be free to apply their standards? That's what the U.S. Supreme Court ruled recently, and they were right. That message seems lost on places like Vanderbilt, where conscience and religious conviction are being overrun by political correctness.

 

From The Heritage Foundation, I’m Ernest Istook.