Vanderbilt flirting with religious suppression?
Controversy builds over university's new policy
- Duration 4:51
- Date Feb 1, 2012
Controversy builds over university's new policy
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We're continuing on with the story now that we've been telling you about for some time to PC police.
Out in full force at Vanderbilt University trying to let -- run.
Prayer groups and other things here's what some students are saying.
-- -- so long nondiscrimination policy threatens to destroy the integrity -- him.
It's me you know -- -- my parent news -- the same basic maintenance man.
I -- can no longer par eventually battle studies this policy Benadryl is going somewhere where nobody is your first visit ever go to.
I think the lucky ones are they thinking.
-- Well lot of people have those questions in last -- school held a town hall on this issue.
And joining me now are two people who were there Carol -- some professor Vanderbilt.
And Stephen shout a junior at Vanderbilt and president of the college Republicans he helped create the video about religious freedom that you just saw welcome to both of you.
Thank you you.
Professor -- I know -- -- you were at this event last night.
And you say that something dramatic happens because they change the university changed.
The wind which they're describing this policy and now will be more inclusive and it will affect the Greek society at school as well sororities.
Corporate the university.
Constantly shifts its explanation.
Of its policy.
And put ten months.
It to scrap the policy as an anti discrimination policy so we've been.
That it's an anti discrimination policy last night they described it as -- all comments policy.
If it -- true all comments policy it would affect.
All of the organizations on campus and -- would be impossible to maintain a Greek life.
Because actually -- have to be a member of a particular sorority to be and it.
And if the leader of that -- didn't have to be a -- that it would be kind of a -- thing right.
Well what would happen is that with the I'll come -- policy you have to take the people -- show up what -- belong to -- organization.
And so instead obvious elected.
You need to take the first twenty people who show up.
And I thank the university is -- -- that set.
Deeper and deeper -- a -- because they keep shift in the language they held a town hall meeting and a building and that would not accommodate that I am.
And they would not allow the religious groups to have a spokesperson to speak for even five minutes.
I raised my hands they never called on me and they really were very have to face it with all of answers.
Right Steven I'm interested in the student's perspective.
Because sometimes said the young get a bad wrap -- -- our country that they don't care about the issues but this one seems to have really gotten a lot of students active.
What has been the response on campus.
-- -- we saw last -- incredible.
More than 200 students were in that room and about 90% 95% of those scenes were against us policy and at least so many if not more were outside his clinic and aside because because there's so many people there.
And the people that were there many of them huge numbers spoke up and and spoke sincerely about how much religious life -- meant to them at Vanderbilt and how it is it is their anchor.
And to take this away really would be very detrimental to to their future and and and colleges when.
You know since experience -- have a lot of her experiences and that's when religious organization needed the most and this policy this -- integrity of that.
I want to read to Vanderbilt statement the university does not seek to limit anyone's freedom to practice his or her religion we do however -- all -- student organizations to observe our nondiscrimination policy.
To help our campus community better understand this policy and how it applies to all registered student organizations they're holding a town hall meeting etc.
Professor -- why would an atheist want to leave.
A prayer group I don't get.
I think that there Islam.
People on campus -- believe that there's no place for religious organizations.
And this is an opportunity for people who opposed the views.
Up religious groups to go in create having.
Last night the university say it well.
If Al leader is elected who creates problems the group -- is off and reassemble.
So the university is basically saying that.
That this happens it can destroy your group which you can go to reassemble as a different group it makes no sense.
And we are wondering just why I have the university is doing this you know is that money trail that needs to be investigate it I would like to know.
I don't know maybe the fear of one lawsuit because one person I don't thanks well I mean it's it's an interesting they're discriminating.
It missed professors I -- I -- got some at a time but let us know if you come up with your reason why they're doing this.
Carol swain Stephen -- -- to you this morning thank you.