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One-Party State at Liberty U.

May 26, 2009

Liberty University has withdrawn recognition from its campus Democratic club, saying that its support for candidates who favor abortion rights and other political stances in conflict with the university's religious views are inappropriate, The Lynchburg News Advance reported. The Republican student group will continue to be recognized. Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, who is also chair of the Democratic National Committee, has written to the university, asking it “to reverse this attack on the liberty of its students.” Jerry Falwell Jr., chancellor and president of the university, issued a statement noting that the student Democrats can still meet on campus, but simply cannot be an official group that may use the Liberty name or receive funds for student activities. "Parents and students support the university because they believe in its distinctly Christian identity and mission," said Falwell. "Liberty University is pro-life and believes that marriage between one man and one woman provides the best environment for children. Liberty University will not lend its name or financial support to any student group that advances causes contrary to its mission." Some in the legal blogosphere, meanwhile, are considering whether the university's actions could raise questions about its tax-exempt status.

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