FACT Report – February 20, 2013

Protecting Religious Liberty Is No Laughing Matter (February 20, 2013)

Tennessee legislators will soon vote on a bill to protect the religious liberty of student organizations on college campuses. Currently, the state has given law enforcement powers to public colleges and some private ones. One of those, Vanderbilt University, prohibits Christian ministries from requiring that their student officers be Christians.

This would be laughable if the principle involved weren’t so serious.

Essentially the state has delegated the protection of your right to religious liberty while on the public streets and grounds of Vanderbilt’s campus to an entity that disrespects religious liberty. Talk about the state putting the fox in charge of the henhouse!

The new bill would prohibit law enforcement powers from being given to discriminatory organizations. Protecting us from discriminatory organizations is no laughing matter.

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David Fowler commentary  No Laughing Matter

SB 1241/HB 1150 (by Beavers and Pody) Prohibits the delegation of police authority to colleges that discriminate against religious groups.