The religious liberty controversy at Vanderbilt just keeps getting bigger:
After Vanderbilt University issued a new, discriminatory policy that prevents religious student groups from maintaining belief-based membership and leadership requirements, 11 Vanderbilt student organizations have refused to accept second-class status at the university because of their beliefs. Organized together as Vanderbilt Solidarity, these organizations have applied for recognition as belief-based groups. Their decision follows the choice of the student group Vanderbilt Catholic to accept self-exile by no longer officially registering with Vanderbilt rather than lose its unique identity.
Vanderbilt has refused to permit belief-based groups to maintain their missions despite significant national outrage.
Looks like Vanderbilt is doing its best to become the leading adversary of religious liberty in all of academia.
How long until Vandy donors and alumni withhold enough money to put a stop to the reckless disregard for individual conscience and intellectual freedom on the part of university administrators?
For now, typical academic buzzwords like “tolerance,” “diversity,” and “intellectual freedom” don’t seem to apply to religious students at Vanderbilt.
Looks like they have no appreciation for the principles of academic freedom that are supposed to be the foundation of higher education in America.
Here’s something ironic: Vanderbilt was founded by the Methodist church. Looks like the current leadership there is doing everything it can to distance itself from that legacy.