Is Vanderbilt University flirting with the suppression of religion? Yes, according to Carol Swain, a professor at Vanderbilt’s Law School.
Specifically, Swain is referring to four Christian student groups being placed on "provisional status" after a university review found them to be in non-compliance with the school’s nondiscrimination policy.
Vanderbilt says the student organizations cannot require that leaders share the group’s beliefs, goals and values. Carried to its full extent, it means an atheist could lead a Christian group, a man a woman’s group, a Jew a Muslim group or vice versa.
If they remain in non-compliance, the student organizations risk being shut down. ...
Among the groups threatened with shut down is the Christian Legal
Society. It ran afoul with this language from its constitution. “Each
officer is expected to lead Bible studies, prayer and worship at chapter
meetings.” CLS President Justin Gunter told me, “We come together to do
things that Christians do together. Pray, and have Bible studies.”
To that, Rev. Gretchen Person – interim director of the Office of
Religious Life at Vanderbilt – responded “Vanderbilt policies do not
allow this expectation/qualification for officers.” ...
Carol Swain is CLS’s faculty advisor. She insists the university has
gone way beyond political correctness with its actions and demands. “It
seems reasonable”, she told me, “to require that leaders share the
beliefs of the organizations that they seek to lead.”
--John Roberts, Fox News, on protecting Vanderbilt students against thoughtcrime