Christians at Vanderbilt University aren't taking the ongoing affront to their religious freedom lightly. As The Blaze has reported, students and faculty, alike, have been speaking out -- sometimes in creative ways -- to get their message out to the masses.
Today, religious groups at the university will come together to distribute 4,000 MP4 players at locations across the campus. The video consoles will include a seven-minute clip that explains the religious debate unfolding at Vanderbilt.
A press release sent by Pieter Valk, a junior Chemistry major at the school and an opponent of the university's newly-enforced non-discrimination policy (which requires religious groups to allow non-believing individuals to become leaders), describes the initiative:
The video [which will be made available later today] highlights how the administration has changed its nondiscrimination policy at least twice in recent months and how it selectively enforces its newest policy against religious groups while allowing fraternities and sororities to discriminate on any basis in selecting leaders and members.
Meanwhile, the students are also delivering the message-carrying MP4 players to the members of Vanderbilt’s Board of Trustees, who will be meeting on campus at the end of this week. The represented groups hope that this appeal from students will prompt the board to restore Vanderbilt’s longstanding policy of allowing religious students the opportunity to preserve their communities of faith that are so important to them during their time at the university.
The point of the MP4 distribution, the release claims, is to showcase the reasons why religious groups at the university should have the right to "reserve leadership to those who share their faith." Traditionally, this freedom has been protected and the 11 religious groups that have come together to take Vanderbilt on wish to see this freedom restored.
Watch past coverage of this controversy, featuring Vanderbilt law professor Carol M. Swain, on GBTV, below:
The video showcases how the administration has allegedly changed its non-discrimination policy at least two times in recent months. Additionally, it will highlight the exemptions that are granted to fraternities and sororities, despite the university's choice to force faith groups to comply. The MP4 players will also be delivered to Vanderbilt’s Board of Trustees, who are holding a meeting at the end of this week.
We'll have to wait and see how the creative form of outreach resonates with students, faculty and the trustees.