Tuesday, September 09, 2014

College Campuses Eliminating The "Wrong" Kind Of Christians

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In 2011, Vanderbilt, a private university with Christian roots, removed official student group standing from Christian campus organizations that required the leadership of that group to hold stated biblical views.

Intervarsity Fellowship International was one of the groups affected.

A student leader at the time wrote an article describing how she was apparently "the wrong kind of Christian."

The policy essentially welcomed religious organizations as long as they did not require their leadership to profess any particular beliefs.

At the time, many claimed it was no big deal. I wrote about it and received comments claiming I was an alarmist and needed to relax because this was merely a "tempest in a tea pot."

The tempest is no longer in the tea pot. It now shows signs of becoming a category 5 hurricane if you are a biblical Christian.

Last week the California State University system---which includes 23 different colleges and universities, announced an identical policy to that of Vanderbilt.

Christian organizations can no longer require their leadership to be Christian in the state of California.


Ed Stetzer wrote this week, "Will students with actual beliefs be allowed to have organizations on campus?"

Intervarsity Fellowship, Stetzer says, "has been 'derecognized' by California State University schools, because they require their leaders to hold Christian beliefs."

The impact of this far exceeds IVF. It impacts every biblical Christian organization on campus.

Those close to the matter are certain the policy was specifically aimed at Christian groups, however, it is also impacting other non-Christian groups.

Under this new policy, for example, PETA (the radical animal rights organization) could conceivably be required to allow a hunting or fishing guide to become the leader of their campus group.

Stetzer says even Oscar Meyer would have to be allowed leadership of PETA.

While Christianity is not being banned from the campuses, their loss of recognition means at least 3 things:

1. They lose free access to meeting rooms. They will now be required to pay from $13,000 to $30,000 per year for rental of meeting rooms.

2. They lose access to student activities programs, including the new student fairs where they meet nearly every new student.

3. They lose standing when they engage faculty, students and administrators. In effect, their voices are silenced in campus matters and they have no influence on campus decisions.

Other public university systems are considering adopting the same policy.

The Christian clubs no longer have equal access to the university community, like the environmentalist club has, the chess club and the LGBT club has.

Stetzer says, "The bigger and ongoing issue is the continual santization of unacceptable religious voices from the universities."

"It's ironic," he says, "those who champion non-discrimination, are creating rules that push out those who 'discriminate' based on biblical belief statements."

While about 100 million (1/3 of the population) people in America claim to be evangelical Christians, our public education system has begun the march to marginalize, then eliminate the wrong kind of Christianity in the marketplace of ideas.

Vanderbilt claimed they were "establishing principles equality" with their policy. Those close to the matter say they were intentionally creating "inequality" with a policy aimed at silencing the biblical Christian's voice and influence on campus.

Not only is higher education saying "Campus Closed" to Christian organizations, but in effect they are placing a moratorium on religious freedom.

I will be sharing a few more thoughts on this on the radio today.

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8 comments:

  1. I wonder whether these same institutions require their professors to not promote any particular belief. Require biologists to not promote evolutionary theory. Require physicists to not promote any Newtonian or quantum theories as foundational to their teaching.

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  2. I have a long history of university employment -- as an adjunct clinical faculty member, in three directorships, and on admin staff. While in my office, I was approached by a university admin who told me I had to remove my parish calendar from my wall. It displayed nuns -- street clothes -- feeding African orphans. The only religious words was the parish name. I responded by saying that I would happily do so if he went across the hall to my faculty colleague and asked him to remove his prayer blanket, which included use of it several times each day, as I recall. His door was never locked.

    I "won" that fight but that admin treated me coldly ever after.

    On campuses -- and I speak from experience at three major research universities -- what is acceptable is: Wiccan groups, New Age groups, LGBT groups which behave in ways that offend even my gay friends, Secularists/Atheists Clubs, Women's Groups that refuse diversity in views but get government dollars, Muslim groups, ROTC and more.

    I am not saying these groups should be eliminated. I am saying that if on campus it's OK for us to see: condoms hanging from ear ring trees on tabletops for student distribution, naked gays mocking Christ in public re-enactments on religious holy days, Muslims saying prayers on prayer blankets, sorority houses where toilets have had to be completely removed to deal with the acid effect from upchucking, girls sitting in auditorium-style classrooms with the legs spread wide apart without proper underwear and in front of teaching faculty, faculty members behaving ballistically and in public view of students when student Republican groups speak, and more, than I have to wonder what the terrible harm is from having students, who live on campuses, having their own religious clubs. I have never seen them proselytize. I have seen them set up tables with charitable themes. Surely this is more desirable than naked women and men mocking Christ?

    (After working on residential research campuses for so long, I refused to allow my son to live on campus. That's against university policy for year one students, as alumni giving is higher from students who lived on campus during frosh year and bonded with the campus. I had to climb to a VP level to get approval but approval I got. I have a wonderful, productive, well-mannered, highly employed son...who actually called me and thanked me for being a good parent -- amazing and touching -- but obviously I made a few right decisions.)

    Be careful where you send your children. It's not the campus we knew when we were younger!

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    1. Excellent. Thank you for stating so.

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  3. Well said, Cynthia. Thank you.

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  4. So it seems they are determined to throw a bucket of cold water on them that they might become lukewarm. May God put them on a hot burner with his presence.

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  5. Is it that instead of being a school, they want to become a religion?

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  6. Indeed......... My only son, who was a strong Christian all through High School and through the Air Force (a Christian youth leader in school and Navigators in the Air force) attended a total of 3 Christian Colleges in earning his Masters degree. In those three "Christian" Schools his faith was shipwrecked by them and his professors. He is 50 years old today and still the atheist that they turned him into. Many Christian colleges are under the control of the enemy of God and man, and many people will have some 'splaining to do on that great and glorious day.

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