February 24, 2012
An Americans United for the Separation of Church and State official told Vanderbilt University Christian groups to "stop whining" about the school's nondiscrimination policy and hold their meetings in private homes like Christians in communist China, the Christian Post reports. AU executive director Barry Lynn defended the university's right to impose the policy that could potentially drive religious organizations off campus by not allowing them to restrict leadership positions to those who share their beliefs. "I'd say stop whining here," he said. "Why not do what evangelicals do: go out into the world, out into the community [and] have your meetings, if you have to, off campus. Show your faith [and] meet with students not in a club room somewhere in the university, but in those home churches that kept Christianity alive during the darkest days of communist China." He added that Christian groups must "get over" themselves and open up their leadership positions to all people regardless of their beliefs. Vanderbilt is standing by the policy, and groups affected may have no legal recourse because the university is privately funded.