Tennessee legislature attacks anti-Christian policy at Vanderbilt U
"The state legislature is looking again at trying to make Vanderbilt University drop its controversial “all-comers” policy after Rep. Bill Dunn, R-Knoxville, presented a measure Thursday that would basically force the school to choose between taking HOPE lottery scholarships and keeping the policy.
The legislature has been weighing a bill that would prevent public universities in Tennessee from adopting Vanderbilt’s policy — which says campus groups can’t require members and leaders to adhere to their credos — and that measure finally made it to the floor of the state House of Representatives Thursday.
When it did, Dunn rose to add an amendment that he had withdrawn while the bill was in committee that would have barred any private school accepting more than $24 million in state money, namely Vanderbilt, from having that policy as well. Dunn said Vanderbilt had failed to work the issue out with religious organizations that say they are being discriminated against by being required to take in people who do not share their beliefs.
“Perhaps it would be OK if they applied this policy across the campus to all groups, but what they have done is they have said fraternities and sororities, you don’t have to come under this,” Dunn said. “They’re willing to do something that will hurt little religious organizations. … I think it’s time to send a message to folks, ‘OK, if you’re going to have an all-comers policy, let it apply to everyone.’”