Vanderbilt University was founded in 1873 by members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. This year, it became actively hostile to Christians. It's a private university and private universities can do what they want, of course, but it does show the intolerance of so-called "tolerance" initiatives.
What happened is that Vanderbilt has decided that it's a violation of the school's "discrimination" policy to allow groups to have membership qualifications. So, for example, Christian groups can't require that their leaders are Christian.
If that sounds insane to you, it's because it is. And yes, it all started as an attempt to get traditional Christians to back off on their rules requiring members to follow Christian teachings on sexuality. Of course.
So long story short is that Christian groups are being driven off campus. The Tennessean reports on the first group to make the move:
“The discriminatory non-discrimination policy at Vanderbilt University has forced our hand,” said Rev. John Sims Baker, chaplain of Vanderbilt Catholic, in a statement Tuesday. “… Our purpose has always been to share the Gospel and proudly to proclaim our Catholic faith. What other reason could there be for a Catholic organization at Vanderbilt? How can we say it is not important that a Catholic lead a Catholic organization?”
Beth Fortune, vice chancellor for public affairs at Vanderbilt, said the school values religious groups on campus and was aware of the Vanderbilt Catholic decision.
“We regret, but respect, their decision,” Fortune said in a emailed statement. “We believe, though, that the vast majority of our more than 400 registered student organizations easily will comply with the policy.”
These toleration policies sound so similar to what an authoritarian government seeking to restrict religious freedom might do. Funny, that.
I mentioned this before but D.A. Carson's new The Intolerance of Tolerance shows how the concept of tolerance has been manipulated to create the current climate of hostility.