Officials at Vanderbilt University in Nashville have told student groups they cannot require leaders to share the group’s beliefs, goals or values. This new policy is the end result of a complaint from a student who was dismissed from membership in a group because he did not abide by its stances on sexual behavior.
The student could have joined the dozens of campus groups where his behavior wouldn’t be an issue, but instead the University initiated an investigation and concluded that religious groups could not maintain certain policies for members or for their leaders. The Christian Legal Society, for example, extends membership to anyone--even those who aren’t Christians, but they were told they cannot expect their leaders to lead Bible studies, prayer or worship at meetings. They even had to take out their policy that leaders exemplify Christ-like qualities.
How tolerant. If the Office of Religious Life at Vanderbilt has its way, Christian leaders will tolerate themselves right out of existence. For thePointRadio.org, I’m John Stonestreet.