Liberty University, the school in Virginia founded by the late Jerry Falwell, has expelled the Democratic Party club on the campus, saying that the national Democratic Party's views contradict the university's mission... Said a school official in an email to the Democratic club, according to the Lynchburg (VA) newspaper: "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.).
What ticks me off most about this move is not the censorship and authoritarianism that it displays, but the fact that the school would assert that there is such a thing as a "Christian doctrine." This is, of course, par the course for this particular crowd of fundamentalistic evangelicals, but it still irritates me. I may be a "pro-life" Christian, but I am not stupid: I recognize that there is no scientific proof that a fetus is a human child, and I know full well that Christ never talked about abortion. He also never talked about homosexuality or socialism. (On that note, I think anyone living in a socialist country would laugh at the notion that the Democrats are socialists, and those who suggest otherwise only betray their own political ignorance and ideological blindness).
To suggest that all Christians must believe a specific view about these (or any other political) issues lest they walk apart from God is hogwash. It is arrogant and it is un-Christ like. This behavior reads things into the Gospel that are not there, and uses Christianity to reaffirm previously-held beliefs rather than, like Jesus, challenge the establishment. It conforms to the
I would also point out a certain irony in this move: Students at Liberty have no liberty. It is now the official policy of Liberty University to only grant personal liberty to those who will use it in the same ways that Falwell used his.
Liberty University is not a Christian college. It does not follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, but the teachings of the Republican Party, an institution that came 1830 years after the resurrection and in no way resembles the early Christian church. I am a Christian, and I disown everything about Liberty University.