Officials at a Christian university have cited gay rights in their decision to ban a campus Democratic club, reports The News & Advance.

Liberty University, the Christian school founded by televangelist and Moral Majority co-founder Rev. Jerry Falwell, says it has revoked its recognition of the campus Democratic Party club because of the Party's views on social issues, including gay and lesbian rights.

“[W]e are unable to lend support to a club whose parent organization stands against the moral principles held by [Liberty University],” an email received by club leaders says. “The Democratic Party platform is contrary to the mission of Liberty University and to Christian doctrine.”

Officials specifically object to the Party's support for “abortion, federal funding of abortion, advocates repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, promotes the 'LGBT' agenda, hate crimes, which include sexual orientation and gender identity, socialism” as inconsistent with school values.

Liberty University was founded in 1971 as Liberty Baptist College and has grown to become the world's largest evangelical university with more than 14,000 undergraduates.

The Democratic club formed last year with about 30 members and supported Barack Obama's candidacy.

Sunday, University President Jerry Falwell Jr. struck a kinder note on the subject.

“There is absolutely no animosity at all towards any of these kids,” Falwell said. “They are good Christian kids who sit with me at ball games. I just hope they find a pro-life family organization to affiliate with so they can be endorsed by Liberty again.”

Falwell said the university would not recognize the club or its activities.