ADVERTISING
 
Friday, December 6   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Society
Should Christians join social protests?



SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Religious freedom
 

Christian student group wins discrimination case against University of Iowa

The university had expelled InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for requiring their leaders to agree to its statement of faith. This is the second time it loses a case regarding this issue.

SOURCES Christianity Today AUTHOR Evangelical Focus IOWA 08 OCTOBER 2019 12:31 h GMT+1
The University of Iowa lost its case against Intervasity. / University of Iowa.

A federal judge has determined that the University of Iowa (United States) violated students’ First Amendment rights, when it expelled InterVarsity Christian Fellowship from campus.



In June 2018, the university claimed that, by requiring leaders to affirm their faith, InterVarsity was violating the University’s non-discrimination policy. It then limited its access to campus, froze its bank account, shut down its website, and advertised that it was “defunct” for lack of student interest.



Around 40 other religious groups, including Muslims, Sikhs, Chinese Student Christian Fellowship, or Latter-day Saints, were kicked off campus for also requiring their leaders to agree to its statement of faith.



 



CLEAR DISCRIMINATION



Judge Stephanie M. Rose said that the university “inconsistently applied its Human Rights Policy by exempting campus groups like fraternities, sororities, and some affirming faith-based groups while penalizing certain religious groups”.



Because of this discrimination, the vice president for student life, the associate dean of student organizations, and the coordinator for student organization development, would be personally accountable for any money InterVarsity lost fighting to stay on campus.



The court left open the possibility that the university’s president, Bruce Harreld, could also be found liable.



 



“NO GROUP COULD SURVIVE WITH LEADERS WHO REJECT ITS VALUES”



“We must have leaders who share our faith. No group, religious or secular, could survive with leaders who reject its values”, said Greg Jao, InterVarsity spokesman.



He pointed out that they were “grateful the court has stopped the university’s religious discrimination, and we look forward to continuing our ministry on campus for years to come”.



The University of Iowa issued a statement last month saying it had “revised its student organization policy to permit student organizations to require their leaders “to agree to and support” the organization’s beliefs”.



“These cases presented a difficult issue for a public university, as administrators tried to balance the rights of all individuals on campus”, it added.



 



NOT THE FIRST CASE



This is not the first time that the University of Iowa is involved in a case like this. Last February, Judge Rose ruled that it likely violated student group Business Leaders in Christ’s free speech rights, by selectively enforcing the Human Rights Policy.



Meanwhile, just nine days before the University of Iowa ruling, InterVarsity won a victory at Wayne State University, when a court ruled against the Michigan university for expelling the group for the same reasons than the University of Iowa.



InterVarsity has groups on 772 campuses. It hosts weekly Bible studies and monthly meetings for prayer, worship, and religious discussions on current issues.



 



ANOTHER CASE: YOUNG LIFE



Last month, Duke University’s student government unanimously turned down official recognition for Christian organization Young Life, because it appeared to violate the guideline that every Duke student group include a non discrimination statement in its constitution.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Christian student group wins discrimination case against University of Iowa
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Testimony: Wildfires near Athens Testimony: Wildfires near Athens

Nico Spies, a Christian worker in Athens, gives details about the wildfires in Greece.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Min19: Childhood, family and the church Min19: Childhood, family and the church

The first evangelical congress on childhood and family was held in Madrid. Pictures of the event, November 1-2.

 
IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’ IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’

Students, graduates and staff of the global evangelical student movement reflected together on how the books of Luke and Acts apply to today's universities.

 
Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission

Photos of the Lausanne Movement Global Workplace Forum, celebrated in Manila.

 
European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference

Images of the fifth EFN gathering. Experts, activists, counsellors and church leaders met in Pescara, Italy.

 
VIDEO Video
 
World Evangelical Alliance General Assembly highlights World Evangelical Alliance General Assembly highlights

The World Evangelical Alliance's General Assembly 2019 in Jakarta, Indonesia, brought together 800 evangelicals from 92 countries to pray, worship and cast vision for the new decade of holistic discipleship.

 
What defines a godly leader? What defines a godly leader?

Adrian Reynolds, Associate National Director for the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC), explains how a godly leader should be.

 
Kanye West sings to Jesus with inmates Kanye West sings to Jesus with inmates

The hip-hop artist and his gospel choir performed ‘Jesus Is King’ songs in a Houston prison. Images of the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

 
How can we encourage believers to serve Jesus with us? How can we encourage believers to serve Jesus with us?

“It is not just pastors who do ministry. When the saints are doing the ministry too, the Body of Christ is build up and grows towards maturity in the faith”, says Greg Ogden, Chairman Global Discipleship Initiative.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.