Liberty University, founded by Jerry Falwell, is apparently the biggest recipient of federal student aide in Virginia and the biggest private recipient nationwide. The school gets around $445 million while Public Broadcasting, which the right hates and has made people believe gets around 5% of the federal budget, gets $420 million.
The school protests that the money isn't for them, that it's for students to pay tuition, room, and board, but one would have to have a degree from Liberty to not make the connection and ask who's selling the tuition, room, and board. The federal government provides the capital for the loans, backs the loans, and subsidized the interest. If Liberty really thinks it's not benefiting from the money, then it could always give it up.
Liberty isn't a run-of-the-mill Christian university that teaches real things while keeping faith an important element of campus life. Liberty famously teaches Young Earth Creationism in science classes and is somehow still accredited. The university also banned the college Democrats saying that being a Democrat is incompatible with Christianity, only to eventually allow them back on campus without official status after outcry.
Liberty also teaches ex-gayism in its human sexuality class. One such instructional video is after the jump. Pro-gay books are apparently banned from the library, and while the school isn't as honest as other Christian schools and doesn't put its policy on homosexuality online, it's said publicly that its policy towards gay students is to "follow Scripture." Soulforce ran a series of anonymous letters a few years ago from gay students at Liberty showing that students fear being expelled for being gay:
If I were to go on a date, I would have the fear of getting caught and the possibility of being kicked out. Is that really part of the mission of Liberty University? Where is the Christian love in all of this? I only know of a couple gay guys on campus. I'm not sure about girls. The ones I know of are completely afraid of being found out. Of course, a part of who we are must remain a secret for now.
I am currently a junior at Liberty University. I am also gay. No one knows. I don't know if I will ever be able to tell anyone. I know if my family found out they would disown me and defiantly not help me pay for college. I have heard stories about someone at Liberty finding out a student was gay and the school telling the person's parents. That scares me to death. If anyone at school found out I know I would loose all my friends and I'm sure someone would tell on me. I go to school here because it is the only school my parents will pay for.
However, being a student at Liberty was not the only traumatic event in my life that was caused by Liberty. I was also working for Liberty at the time. Someone from my church decided to out me to the Human Resources department. The department decided to let me go not based on my job performance but because they could not have someone who was gay on their staff. They were concerned about what the parents would think if they knew that someone who was gay was working at Liberty. I was told that if I sought counseling then I may get my job back. They also told me that they loved me but they couldn't have someone like me working there.
I'm sure there's an interesting debate to be had as to whether a university like this should be allowed to exist, but there's no reason those of us outside that universe should have to subsidize it. Title IX and the CRA prevent schools from discriminating like that along the lines of sex and race if they receive public assistance and sexual orientation and gender identity should be similarly protected.
If Liberty wants to maintain their policy after that, they'd be free to do so without federal financial aide. As they say, the money's not for them so there shouldn't be much trouble in switching over to completely private funding.
Here's a video from their human sexuality class. When a university teaches it, the students will believe it.