Having been dragged through the headlines over the past couple days, Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, is hoping to get off the front page as regards the College Democrats flap. You may recall that the leaders of the college, including Jerry Falwell JR., had taken the step of refusing college sponsorship to a chapter of the College Democrats at the socially conservative evangelical institution. The reason stated was simple: Democrats accept abortion, and Liberty University does not, so you can't be a Dem here.
The latest news has Falwell & Co making a counter offer. Let's dicker, they say: how about if you students affiliate yourselves with "Democrats for Life in America", that national group that specifically opposes abortion, euthanasia, and the death penalty, but is otherwise Dem. The idea apparently came from Bob McDonnell, the Republican candidate to fill Tim Kaine's Governor seat in the fall 2009 election. Falwell liked the idea, because the position on abortion taken by Democrats for Life is in line with the Liberty position. Let's pressure the students into limiting their own freedom, and that way there's no lawsuit because we limited their choices for them!
In theory, it's a win win, right? Let the students be Dems, as long as they expressly disavow the position on abortion taken by the Democratic Party. The flap leaves the front page, everybody gets on with their life. The odd thing about it is, these people call themselves Liberty University, but where's the "liberty"? Just asking.