Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. released this statement regarding the College Democrats at LU.
Here’s the pertinent information:
The University has not banned Democrats from campus. Nor has the Democrat club been banned from meeting. And, never has the University or its’ officials said that a person cannot be a Christian and a Democrat. Sorry for those who want to run with these titillating soundbites, but these are the facts.
The students who formed the Democrat club last October are good students. They are pro-life and believe in traditional marriage. They can continue to meet on campus. The only thing that has changed came about as part of a University-wide review of all student organizations for official recognition status. Official recognition carries with it the benefit of using the University name and funds. While this group will not be an officially recognized club, it may still meet on campus.
The McAuliffe campaign has made it appear as if the Dems were the only group under review. Spin? How about outright misrepresentation. If all campus groups were under review, then the Lefties don’t have a leg to stand on. As yet, I’ve not seen an official release from the group itself, only the Democrat Party of Virginia, the DNC and the McAuliffe campaign.
While the students in the college Democrat club are pro-life and support traditional marriage, the constitution of the club pledged support to advance the Democratic platform and candidates. The 2008 Democratic platform has taken an extreme turn to the left on social issues. For the first time it supports federal funding of abortion and repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a law passed overwhelmingly by a bi-partisan Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton. Liberty University will not lend its’ name or financial support to undermine marriage or to promote abortion. (as is its right as a private university) (italics mine)
If it is about Free Speech as many bloggers have claimed, why doesn’t the DNC or the Democrat Party of Virginia speak out against the pro-life and pro-marriage stance the LU group espouses? It is about partisan politics and, in my opinion, the effort to deflect growing criticism of his campaign by Terry McAuliffe. The Democrats have seen the same polls as everyone else. They know that all THREE of their candidates trail Bob McDonnell in recent polls.