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-Christian Fraternity in Jeopardy at Yale

by Dr. D ~ October 3rd, 2012

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From World on Campus:

A newly approved Christian fraternity at Yale University may be denied official recognition and student group funding because it plans to restrict membership to men who believe in Jesus.

Just days after the leaders of Beta Upsilon Chi (BYX) announced the Yale chapter’s formation, the student newspaper reported that the group "will have to change its membership rules if it intends to comply with Yale’s anti-discrimination policies."

Yale’s policy bans all groups affiliated with the university from discrimination based on "sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, or national or ethnic origin," although groups like Yale Law Women exclude men. Similarly, BYX – the largest Christian fraternity in the country – requires its brothers to be practicing Christians.

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Response: Yale joins hundreds of other colleges and universities around the country that now maintain a diversity and discrimination code that makes it nearly impossible for Christian groups to receive official recognition on campus. The university rules need to be adjusted to allow for for religious groups and their membership requirements.  Already Muslim student groups in most colleges receive recognition and get a pass regardless of the rules. Why not Christians also?  

Most Christian student organizations require their leadership to be Christians that are held to a Biblical standard. The BYX fraternities go even one step further and require all members to be followers of Jesus.

Yale officials have not spoken officially on this issue yet but there are indications that the official status of BYX is in jeopardy since it violates the discrimination rules  on ‘religion’ as they are presently written.

If BYX is kicked off campus it will be particularly ironic since for the first hundred years or so of the school’s history all students at Yale were required to be Christians and the school started as a seminary for educating and training Christian ministers.            *Top

Hat Tip: The Blaze

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