Today, Right Wing Watch published several in-depth blogposts regarding Christian Conservative Liberty University’s rulebook, called “The Liberty Way.” This is the same college that got their campus Democratic Party club kicked out back in 2009 and is letting Mitt Romney (a Mormon, whose religion most of the LU students regard as a “cult”) be the commencement address speaker tomorrow.
Highlights of Liberty University’s Controlling and Fascist-like methods:
The university also has an all-encompassing code of conduct, calledThe Liberty Way,whichgoverns what students can say, do, read, and watch both on and off campus and sets out a regimen of reprimands and fines for violators.
The First Amendment Doesn’t Apply at Liberty University
Liberty University is all about freedom— the freedom to do, think and say exactly what Jerry Falwell would want you to do, think and say, and nothing else.
No R-Rated Movies, Un-Godly Music, Immodest Posters, or ANYTHING Non-“Conformist to [Republican] Jesus” at Liberty University
Liberty University administrators allow students to attend movie theaters, but they must exercise caution in such a morally hazardous environment. R-rated films are strictly off-limits, and many PG-13 and even some PG films may also be deemed inappropriate for viewing by Liberty students.
Does that “no R-rated films” rule apply to The Passion Of The Christ, a film that would likely be highly popular at campuses like Liberty?
Philosophy, tastes and personal convictions concerning music vary greatly among our students. Liberty University endeavors to teach discernment in evaluating and selecting all music. It is Liberty’s desire to maintain a music standard that is conducive to a healthy Christian atmosphere. Students should learn to choose music that honors the Savior and is in harmony with God’s word. Music that is offensive (i.e., lewd lyrics, anti-Christian messages, etc.) to Liberty’s Christian stand is not permitted.
That rules out most secular music, and even some CCM as well.
No Dancing, Kissing, Prolonged Hugging, or even going to a Motel
Respect While Dating/Social Behavior
All students are asked to display mature Christian behavior in social interaction. Proper respect must be shown to all individuals at all times. Harassment of any type will not be tolerated. Handholding is the only appropriate form of personal contact. Improper personal contact or other forms of public display are considered in poor taste. After dusk, students should not be alone with an individual of the opposite sex in any unlighted area such as the ball fields, parking lots, parked cars, ravine or other wooded areas, etc. This is considered improper social behavior.
Witchcraft, Abortion, and Alcohol consumption are the same level of crime as Felony Conviction and Sexual Assault at Fawell U
The harshest punishment (30 reprimands, a $500 fine, 30 hours of disciplinary community service, and possible administrative withdrawal) is reserved for the really, really bad things. And by really, really “bad” things, I mean witchcraft, spending the night with a member of the opposite sex, drinking (even if you’re 21+) or having an abortion. These things are considered on par with sexual assault and a felony conviction and bring a harsher punishment than sexual or racial harassment:
30 Reprimands + $500.00 Fine + 30 hours Disciplinary Community Service + possible Administrative Withdrawal. NOTE: For each accumulation of six (6) or more reprimands after 30, an additional $150 fine will be assessed.
Assault/sexual assault (minimum two (2) semesters out)
Commission/conviction of any felony
Failure of three (3) Christian/Community Services without reconciliation
Illegal drugs-association/possession, use/distribution (minimum two semesters out)
Involvement with witchcraft, séances, or other satanic or demonic activity
Life-threatening behavior or language to others or oneself (immediate removal/exclusion from campus and a minimum of two semesters out)
Non-participation/disruption/non-compliance (possible removal/exclusion from campus)
Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages
Spending the night with a person of the opposite sex
Stealing or possession of stolen property (plus financial restitution; minimum two semesters out)
Two or more individuals of the opposite sex together in motel room
Unauthorized possession/use of weapons
Sports Dress at Liberty.
Religious Right/Singapore-style Nanny State at Liberty U on Work and Off-campus rights
Students desiring to leave earlier than the scheduled breaks must obtain written permission.
Students living off campus are not only expected to follow the same rigid guidelines, but they could also be subject to spot checks from Liberty personnel.
The Liberty Way is always in effect. You can’t get away from it— not even on summer break:
Liberty University regulations and policies are in effect at all times, including semester breaks and summer.
All students are expected to uphold the standards set by the University whether on or off campus. This includes weekends, all fall, spring, summer, and Christmas breaks. Any behavior considered a dismissal offense, as stated in The Liberty Way handbook, which occurs during these times, may jeopardize a person’s status as a student.
Liberty also wants to be involved in your personal life and work life.
Married students are not permitted to live in the residence halls.
In maintaining a reputation in the marketplace consistent with the philosophy of Liberty University, employment will not be permitted where a student (as a major, active part of his/her job) is required to violate the policies and principles of the University.
It’s a cult, plain and simple.