Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Action Alert: Support Your Fellow College Democrats!!!

In case you haven't heard, Liberty Clown College University recently banned their school's College Democrats chapter.  Their reasons are that they are affiliated with the DNC whose positions go against the school's Christian affiliation, blah blah blah.

I know it's easy to brush this off as just another example of craziness from the Christian Right.  Even just now, I couldn't hold off from getting my snark on in the opening paragraph...  Though, as students and friends of the University of Notre Dame we should be able to identify with the kids at Liberty University, who despite their school administration's incredibly right wing positions, had the courage to start a chapter of College Democrats last fall in the heat of the election season.  As Notre Dame students, we've likely felt similar pressure from administration and fellow students when we have chosen to stand up and speak out for what we believe in.  Thankfully we attend an outstanding educational institution that welcomes (however grudgingly) perspectives from all sides of issues.  Let us take a moment to help out our fellow College Dems who do not share in that luxury.

I just received an update on Facebook from the national College Democrats of America organization, asking us to fill in this form letter (or better yet, write your own) and email it to the chancellor of Liberty University.  Please take a few moments to take this small action to help out your fellow College Dems!  ...Even the conservatives who troll our site should be willing to help with this.  Surely they too support freedom of speech and political identification.

E-mail address: chancellor@liberty.edu

E-mail Text:
Dr. Chancellor Falwell,

Last week you suspended the chapter of College Democrats at Liberty University. As a student at ___________ I am deeply concerned by this decision. The students at Liberty University are dedicated to their Christian beliefs, ideals, values, and candidates represented by the Democratic Party. Limiting their participation and the discourse on your campus will diminish the quality of education for students and the credibility of your institution. We hope you decide to rescind your decision, as a student's right to support a political candidate or cause should not stop at the campus gates.

Respectfully,
(insert your name) 


Thank you all for taking the time to do this!

Also, check out this interesting column from a student who transfered to Liberty University for a semester in order to do research for a book that looks to be insightful reading!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite things to do is bitch about how much the Notre Dame administration hates liberals, but at least they're great about giving the same amount of money to each of the political clubs and officially recognizing the progressive clubs on campus. I figured allowing a college democrats club on campus was a given, but I guess Notre Dame is ahead of the conservative college curve on that one.

Andrea
(you're welcome)

ShamRockNRoll said...

Agreed. Although, they still do give our College Dems a lot of unnecessary shit from what I've heard from you & Spencer.

Also, they refuse to recognize the GLBT Outreach club (I can't recall it's actual name) don't they?

But yes, we're definitely in a better place than Liberty University.