by Dr. D ~ February 1st, 2013
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From Todd Starnes of Fox News:
The University of Michigan is accused of kicking an InterVarsity Christian Fellowship chapter off campus because the group requires its leaders to be Christians – an apparent violation of the university’s non-discrimination policy.
Greg Jao, InterVarsity’s national field director, told Fox News the Asian chapter of the group was directed to either revise its constitution – or else be forced off campus.
“The university is sending the message that religious voices are suspect and should be marginalized,” Jao said. “I think it sends the message that the university does not understand the nature of religious beliefs and the convictions of religious students.”
A University of Michigan spokesperson released a statement saying that all registered student organizations must agree to “sign the university’s standard non-discrimination agreement” and “submit their constitution for review.”
Response:This is happening in colleges and universities all across America. The new ‘non-discrimination’ policies in actuality discriminate against religious organizations. Since a particular religion is the actual focus and purpose of these student groups in the first place, it is illogical and disingenuous for College and university administrators to apply the ‘religion’ portion of these codes to particular student religious groups.
One cannot assume that these academic administrators have the excuse of just being stupid so administrators like those at Michigan must either be ignorant of what religion is all about or more likely they are themselves prejudiced against religion. However, not just against all religions but against Christian groups in particular.
There is a huge Muslim Students‘ Association at the school that does not seem to be affected by the same rules. One cannot imagine a Christian ever being allowed to lead that group but according to university policies Muslims and even atheists should be allowed to lead Christian student groups? Totally illogical and discriminatory- yes the ‘non-discrimination’ policy is in itself discriminatory when it is applied to Christian student groups because the real effect of these rules is the singling out and elimination of any real Christian groups on campus. *Top