May 29, 2009

Liberty University Hearts the GOP

Yes, shocking, I know.

It looks like Liberty University has ordered its College Democrats to disband. What’s that, I hear you saying, Liberty University has Democrats? Yes, I was surprised, too. Liberty University, founded by Jerry Falwell, the man who blamed 9/11 on “the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians,” the man who continually cheered on Republican-led mass-murder, the man who took on Tinky Winky—Liberty University has Democrats. And until recently it had a College Democrats club.

Now of course the school is privately-funded and has the right to ban whatever club it desires. What I find incredible is the reason for the ban. It turns out that the College Democrats go against the school’s Christian values. In an email sent to the club’s president, a school official complained that the Democratic Party supports abortion, socialism and the “‘LGBT’ agenda.” For those of you heathens out there, LBGT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender.

Now if this isn’t hypocrisy of the highest order, I don’t know what is. Evidently Jerry Falwell Jr. is too busy looking at the specks in these young Democratic eyes to see the giant plank in his own. Because Jerry Jr. hasn’t banned the College Republicans. In fact, he hasn’t banned any other club, just the College Democrats.

The double standard here is, of course, astonishing. The Republicans, while giving occasional lip service to the anti-gay/anti-abortion crowd, have become the party of torture and war. Not that the Democrats are blameless in these matters, but since 9/11 no one has pushed harder for “enhanced interrogation techniques,” for extraordinary rendition, for military tribunals, and indefinite detention, no one has pushed harder for mass-murder in Iraq and Afghanistan than the Republicans.

According to Republican leaders, abortion is murder, yet it’s perfectly legitimate to bomb Muslim civilians. According to Republican leaders, it’s an abomination to allow homosexuals to marry, but somehow torturing defenseless detainees (many of whom are completely innocent) isn’t all that big of a deal. And while I’m on a tangent, let me just say one more thing. One of the reasons the College Democrats were banned is that they advocate socialism? Hell-o? If memory serves me right, didn’t Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress allow government spending, including non-defense spending, to balloon? Didn’t Bush allow corporate welfare to continue thriving? Didn’t Bush give us the first bailout?

Not surprisingly, this blatant hypocrisy has angered many. Noting that the club was originally formed in opposition to the Iraq War, one leader of the College Democrats of America remarked: “That seems to be Christian to me.” Even Tinky Winky got in on the action. His (her? its?) response can be found below.

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