Vanderbilt University, which has recently targeted Christian student organizations for not abiding by its nondiscrimination policy, was recently sent a letter from the Congressional Prayer Caucus in Tennessee. Vanderbilt’s policy was amended in 2010 to state that student organizations registered with the school cannot force its leaders to practice the beliefs of the group.
The university started confronting the Christian student groups when a Christian fraternity kicked out a gay student. It told several of those groups they could not have requirements in their bylaws requiring prayer and Bible study.
Carol Swain, a professor at Vanderbilt, stated “It’s infringing on the rights of religious freedom of Christian students, and that what they’re doing is unconstitutional… it hurts Christian groups in a way that it might not affect other groups.”
Vanderbilt University responded by saying “The bottom line, for us, is that if you want to be a registered student organization, on the Vanderbilt campus, you have to agree to abide by the non-discrimination policy.”
Source: Prayer Caucus Complains of Vanderbilt Policy. Newschannel5.com. October 19, 2011.
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–