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Exiled from Vanderbilt: How Colleges are Driving Religious Groups off Campus

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Published on Aug 20, 2012

Featuring Larry Gatlin and Jonathan Rauch!

Religious and political groups in the United States have traditionally been free to choose their leaders and members without interference from authorities. That's no longer true at Vanderbilt University, where the school banned belief-based groups from making belief-based decisions about their members and leaders and drove 13 religious student groups off of campus. In this video, FIRE talks to Vanderbilt students and faculty about how this decision is affecting them. Country music legend Larry Gatlin and author and scholar Jonathan Rauch also explain why Vanderbilt has done both its students and the idea of pluralism itself a profound disservice.

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Directed by Ted Balaker. Camera by Hawk Jensen, Kyle Laffey, Benjamin Gaskell, and Dustin Oakly. Music by Larry Gatlin ("Don't Tread on Me"), and Myles Cochran ("Something Pretty," "Getting Stronger," "Another Dream in Blue," and "Gold and Rose"). Cochran recordings courtesy of Magnatune.

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