University ordered to readmit campus Christian group
A state university must temporarily restore registered status to a Christian student group kicked off campus for allegedly violating the school's human rights policy, a U.S. district court ruled Jan. 23.
The University of Iowa (UI) in Iowa City must restore registered status for 90 days to Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC), which the school accused of violating the human rights of an applicant because he identified as a homosexual. The Davenport, Iowa court decision allows BLinC to participate in a campus membership recruitment event today (Jan. 24) that BLinC said is crucial to its growth.
The court did not address BLinC's religious freedom in particular, basing its decision instead on BLinC's claim that its rights to freedom of speech and "expressive association" had been violated. Specifically, UI discriminated against BLinC when compared to other student groups among some 500 on campus, the...
Psalm 34:15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. 16 The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. 17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. 18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. 20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken. 21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate. 22 The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate."
BLinC'S attorney Eric Baxter, senior counsel of the non-profit Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said the decision is a first step in ensuring the student group is not penalized for its faith.
"The Court agreed that the University has to stop discriminating against BLinC because of its religious beliefs," Baxter said in a press release today. "Every other group on campus gets to select leaders who embrace their mission."
I wonder if the University of Iowa tries to restrict Muslim groups?