University evicts Christian club leadership faith requirement

School mascot, Herky the Hawk is standing in front of the Old Capitol Museum at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.


A Christian group of students is suing the University of Iowa for discrimination after they were launched campus for their own leaders to embrace Christian religious beliefs-including a clause on sexual morality.

The university is stripped of The business leaders in Christ of their status on the campus, after a member claimed that he was denied a leadership position for being openly gay. The group, however, says the member has been dismissed, because “he expressly stated that he rejected BLinC religious beliefs and would not follow.”

“The members will carry out their career without the greed, racism, sexual immorality and selfishness that all too often arise in the business, political, and cultural institutions,” a section of the group is the declaration of faith says.

The university of Iowa spokesperson Anne Bassett issued a statement to Fox News accusing BLinC of violating the school’s Human Rights Policy and the Iowa Civil Rights Act.

“…When a voluntary student organization choose to be a registered student organization, must adhere to the mission of the university, the UI of the policies and procedures, and all local, state and federal laws,” said Bassett, who also emphasized the school 20 religious organisations student on the campus and “the adoration of opportunities in the environment.”

If the registered group of students, BLinC is no longer subsidised or access to university facilities enjoyed by the other 500 groups of students. To come back in the school’s good graces, BLinC would have to according to the statement of faith and submit an “acceptable plan” for selecting leaders.

“This is 2017, not 1984,” BLinC student president, Jacob Estell, said. “Our beliefs are not made by us, and they can not be changed by us or the — certainly not just to satisfy big brother government rules.”

The Becket Fund for religious liberty, the law firm representing BLinC in the federal court, argues the university is focused on the Christian group, because he does not like their religious beliefs.

“The university knows that what he is doing to BLinC is unfair, illegal, and unconstitutional,” the complaint drawn up by the firm says, adding that while BLinC only requires the compliance of their faith for their leaders, and non-members, university policy is that the campus organizations may require members to believe a certain way.


Eric Baxter, senior counsel for Becket, told Fox News, for example, feminist groups feminist leaders and pro-life groups, pick-pro-life-leaders. So why would BLinC to be treated.

“This is premeditated religious discrimination, plain and simple,” Baxter said. “We hope that this serves as a reminder to the universities, everywhere, that they may not discriminate against groups of students, just because they are not of their faith.”

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

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