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-InterVarsity Sues University of Iowa After Expulsion Over Leadership Policies

by Dr. D ~ August 10th, 2018

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The InterVarsity Christian student organization has sued the University of Iowa after being expelled off of the Iowa campus. It is all about leadership. The Christian student group wants their leaders to be actual Christians while the university policies demand that leadership position be ‘non-discriminatory’ and available to all comers. From the Christian Post:

An InterVarsity Christian student group is suing the University of Iowa after the school kicked it and several other religious groups off campus over what has been deemed as discriminatory leadership policies.

InterVarsity Graduate Student Fellowship filed a federal lawsuit against the university Monday after the club was de-recognized as an official campus student group last month because of its policy requiring that all group leaders be Christian and sign a statement of faith.

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Response:  It will be interesting to see how this lawsuit plays out. Universities and colleges all across America have adapted similar student group policies which originally seem to be intended to target Christian groups. In many cases the college administrators have ignored Muslim groups who demand actual Muslims as leaders or some political organizations while kicking Christian groups off campus.

At least the University of Iowa has been consistent and has applied their policies to other groups including Muslim and Mormon student groups. Nevertheless, these policies need to be challenged and resolved in federal court or Christian Student groups will cease to be anything like they have been in the past. That is why I submit that these university policies were originally formed to target Christian and conservative groups. It is ironic that the university rule that ends up causing discrimination against Christian groups is referred to as a ‘non-discrimination’ policy.

The following are some of the articles were have written in the past on this issue:

-Colleges Continue the Assault on Christian Student Groups

-Christian Student Groups Seek Help from Civil Rights Commission

-Catholic Student Group at Vanderbilt U. Forced Off Campus

-Update on Vanderbilt U. ‘Nondiscrimination Policy’ Directed Against Christian Groups

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1 Response to -InterVarsity Sues University of Iowa After Expulsion Over Leadership Policies

  1. Brian

    This is a critical event. If the University of Iowa, you can anticipate similar measures being adopted wholesale across the country by other public universities (and, I cynically predict, enforced unevenly with their primary target being Evangelical Protestant groups). If UI loses, however, it could bring an end, at lest for now, to attempts to root conservative religious groups off campus.

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