Colorado U Denies Apologetics Student Group Official Status for Requiring Members Be Christian
Christian students who have tried for three years to get official status for their campus apologetics group at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs have filed a lawsuit claiming their religious freedom rights have been violated.
UCCS' chapter of the Ratio Christi apologetics alliance filed a lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday accusing the university administration of violating the free exercise clause of the First Amendment by refusing to grant the group recognition because the group requires that members and leaders share the organization's Christian beliefs.
The group allows students of any and no faiths to attend their events and any student can become a member of Ratio Christi so long as they support the organization's purpose and beliefs, according to Alliance Defending Freedom, the nonprofit legal group representing the student group....
This seems be something of I'm a problem for various universities. In August of this year,
David Roach wrote: "The university [of Iowa] (rightly) allows fraternities to have only male leaders and members, and female athletic clubs to have only female leaders and members," the complaint states. "Republicans and Democrats can each choose to be led by those who share their political beliefs. Yet while it makes broad exceptions for political groups, fraternities, sororities, and sports clubs to select both their leadership and membership, it denies a narrower accommodation for religious groups to select their leaders." .... Becket senior counsel Daniel Blomberg said in the news release, "If public universities really want to foster an intellectually diverse environment, this isn't how to do it. Universities should allow students the space to form their own groups that challenge and grow their sincere beliefs. Banning religious groups from having religious leaders just flattens diversity and impoverishes the campus."
excerpt from, "Univ. of Iowa sued again over religious liberty"