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-Students Not Allowed to Have a Bible Study in the Dorm?

by Dr. D ~ March 4th, 2013

English: View of Rollins College from Lake Vir...

                                        ( Rollins College: Wikipedia)

Four students were having a private Bible study in their college dorm but were shut down by the  dorm administrator who said they were violating college rules?

The four happened to be members of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship that was recently kicked off campus. Here’s the story from Todd Starnes of Fox News:

Officials at a Florida college ordered a group of students to shut down a Bible study they were holding in the privacy of a dorm room – because it violated the rules.

The incident occurred at Rollins College in the midst of a campus battle over whether religious groups that require their leaders to follow specific religious beliefs are violating the school’s non-discrimination policies.

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Response: Let’s get this straight. Since the four were members of a club kicked off campus than they could never meet privately together for study and devotionals anywhere on campus without violating the college rules? If they had not been part of InterVarsity in the first place would their private Bible study still be ‘illegal’?

Does that mean if four Muslims met together in a dorm for prayer that it would also be a violation of college rules? Of course not since most colleges are going out of their way to accommodate Muslims. Meanwhile most colleges are also doing everything they can to restrict Christians on campus. Ironically, Rollins College like so many colleges and universities across America was originally founded by Christians (Congregationalists) but that no longer seems to matter.

Now four friends meeting together for devotional and scriptural study and discussion is  some kind of a violation? It is if it’s Christian but not so much if it’s Muslim or anything else. This would seem to me to be an arbitrary violation of free speech and religious liberty.         *Top

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