Monday, March 11, 2013

Fowler Scolds Liberal Media for Defending Vandy Police

Posted By on Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 9:36 AM

In a fit of faux outrage on his blog, the Tennessee Family Action Council's David Fowler is lashing out at the liberal media again. We've incurred Fowler's wrath for criticizing his bill to abolish Vanderbilt's police force to punish the university for refusing to let conservative Christian student clubs discriminate against gays and lesbians.

Fowler pretends he's really upset but actually he's dancing with glee. The purpose of this bill, as is true of nearly all Fowler's legislation, is mainly to raise money for his little outfit to pay his salary. For Fowler, the more controversy, the better.

Fowler admits his bill makes him look terrible, but that's only because of inaccurate reports in that lamestream media.

Have you ever seen or heard of someone doing something and thought, “Wow, if I ever did that, I would really hate myself.” As I read the news this week about legislation we support, that’s exactly what I thought. Fortunately, I know the story behind the news. And you can, too.

More from Fowler's blog post:

The bill applies to any college, public or private. It simply says what the other law says: You can have the policy that you want, but we, the state, don’t have to cloak your organization with a sign of approval as powerful as allowing you to arrest one of our citizens.

But because one of those colleges is mighty Vanderbilt, the newspapers accused the sponsors and our organization of initiating an “attack on [Vanderbilt’s] police powers.”

Actually, what about accusing Vanderbilt of initiating “an attack” on student religious organizations by telling them that they can’t insist on their leaders holding to that religion’s beliefs?

Another fun one was a commentary that said that if we “cared about any Vanderbilt students,” we “wouldn’t push the bill” because “without Vanderbilt’s police, students will be much less safe.”1

What about a commentary blasting Vanderbilt because it “cared about” telling religious groups they can’t define themselves by their beliefs more than it “cared about” public safety?

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