Vanderbilt University Reinstates Chaplain Position

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Vanderbilt University has reinstated its chaplain position, naming a United Methodist minister who previously served as the head of a campus faith group.

Vanderbilt said one of Chaplain Mark Forrester's first tasks will be to address the fallout over its new non-discrimination policy.

The new policy is what school leaders call an "all-comers policy," requiring university clubs to allow anyone to join and run for leadership.

It also means Christian groups must throw out faith criteria used to determine student leaders.

In an interview with CBN News last March, Forrester said he didn't view the policy as a threat.

"The way I like to advance our mission here I would say, 'Fine by me -- bring them on.' I don't mind having a rigorous conversation with my students," he said.

Last spring, more than a dozen student faith groups gave up their official status with the university rather than adhere to the new policy.

Vanderbilt maintains that it encourages freedom of belief and equal opportunity for all.

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