Christian kids hand out 4,000 MP4 players to protest Vanderbilt discrimination
University students are fighting back against unfair rules aimed at faith-based campus clubs
The drama over student rights and religious freedom continues to rage at Vanderbilt University, as the higher education facility has doubled-down on enforcing strict rules that some say discriminate against campus religious groups.
On April 18, student religious groups at the university began distributing 4,000 MP4 players at locations across the campus. The video consoles include a seven-minute clip that explains the religious debate unfolding at Vanderbilt.
The policy, which in many ways contradicts theological requirements, has created angst among members of both the student body and the university’s faculty. These opponents see the ban as a crackdown on their freedom of religion and speech. School leaders, though, maintain that the policy is necessary to ensure that all students feel welcome at campus clubs and events.
The Blaze first reported about the situation back in September. Our original coverage provides the background needed to understand how the situation was started:
Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, is making headlines after a Christian fraternity, Beta Upsilon Chi, asked an openly gay member to resign. Upon leaving the group, the young man filed a discrimination complaint and now college administrators are trying to figure out whether the campus organization violated the school’s nondiscrimination policy.
Of course, this incident has grown into a much larger controversy in which university administrators are reviewing all student-led organizations. As a result, officials are concerned about specific clauses that five Christian campus groups have in their constitutions.