The Lynchburg News and Advance reported on Liberty University’s announcement yesterday that it was changing its policy in regard to student political clubs. From now on, no partisan clubs, even the Republican Club, will be given “official” status or receive any student funding. This is a significant step in the right direction.
As I mentioned before, I felt strongly that the previous policy of granting the campus Republicans preferential treatment was a sort of “in kind” contribution to one party that could jeopardize Liberty University’s tax exempt status. Americans United actually filed a formal complaint with the Internal Revenue Service suggesting a timely investigation.
I feel confident that Liberty’s change of heart was directly related to its fear of an IRS probe. Although Falwell’s attorney denies it, methinks he doth protest too much. It is my hope, that across the political spectrum, churches, universities and all non-profits work hard to make sure that they are strictly non-partisan, defending principles and letting politicians fend for themselves.
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