Concerned alumni continue to fight to protect religious liberty at Vanderbilt University. In 2012, the university mandated an "all-comers policy" restricting 13 Christian student organizations from using religious belief in selecting its members and leaders.
A new initiative in the battle to reclaim religious freedom, however, will soon come before the Tennessee House Education Sub-Committee and ... [Read More]
When we found out that Vanderbilt was divesting from EmVest, the company accused of "land grabbing" in southern Africa, I thought the news was too good to be true. Vanderbilt has a long and fraught history concerning its endowment investments. According to observers at the Responsible Endowments Coalition, corroborated by reports in this newspaper at the time, Vanderbilt never fully divested from ... [Read More]
With the beginning of a new year, those concerned about religious liberty issues at Vanderbilt University continue to express concern with the administration's hostile restrictions towards religion. Last year at Vanderbilt University, more than a dozen religious groups determined they cannot or will not comply with the new "all-comers policy." The policy states Christian student organizations can... [Read More]
Tufts University last week banned the evangelical Christian group Tufts Christian Fellowship from campus, due to its requirement that student leaders follow "basic biblical truths of Christianity." As a result, the group cannot operate under the Tufts name, reserve space or schedule events through the University or receive money from activity fees.
According to Vanderbilt University Professor o... [Read More]
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On Wednesday, April 11, 2012, the House Education Committee approved House Bill 3576. The bill, brought to the legislature by our legislative arm, Family Action of Tennessee, will ensure that Tennessee's public colleges and universities cannot discriminate against religious student groups. But with Vanderbilt University collecting $24 million of your state tax dollars, some state legislators ar... [Read More]
This year, every incoming freshman read a work by Rev. Dr. Peter Gomes, which is ironic given the current debate about Vanderbilt's policy forbidding campus religious organizations from ensuring that student leaders share the group's creedal commitments. Gomes, Harvard's long-time Plummer professor of Christian morals and the Pusey minister of Memorial Church, was an openly gay, black Baptist prea... [Read More]
Why is Vanderbilt University forcing student groups to abandon their beliefs -- calling bigoted those who want their leaders to subscribe to their principles. Vanderbilt now demands these groups adopt a code of political correctness or be forced off campus. Now it's up to alumni to use their leverage. Call Board of Trust Members John Ingram and Orrin Ingram now. Tell them you won't give Vanderb... [Read More]
DAVID FRENCH -- For some time now, I've been engaged in the fight for religious liberty at Vanderbilt University, where one of the South's (formerly?) great educational institutions has decided to wage a rather strange war on "discrimination." Like many universities before it, Vanderbilt is trying to open Christian student groups to leadership by non-Christians, and they're doing so in the name of ... [Read More]
DANIEL JACKSON -- A Christian student group said this week that it will not apply to be recognized as an official club at Vanderbilt University because of the school policy making it mandatory that it accept nonbelievers as members - or even officers - of the organization...
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