Campus Christian Group Banned Because It Requires Its Leaders to Be Christian


crucifixA Christian group has been effectively banned from Tufts University in Massachusetts. Tufts Christian Fellowship (TCF) has lost its recognition as an official campus group because it discriminates by requiring the group leaders to be Christians and adhere to a set of values.

The group is the Tufts chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, which describes itself as “an evangelical campus mission serving students and faculty on college and university campuses nationwide.”

So basically Tufts said that it wasn’t fair to require the leaders of the Christian group to actually be Christians. One has to wonder if they went to every other religiously affiliated group on campus to make sure that none of them were requiring their leaders to follow the tenants of their faiths.

Because of this gross discrimination (insert eye roll here), TCF has lost the right to use the Tuft name in its title and at any activities, schedule events or reserve university space through the Office for Campus Life, and request and receive funding allocated by the TCU Treasury.

This is definitely a matter of religious freedom, but it’s the campus group being discriminated against, not the university. Membership in the group is not a requirement -- no one is forced to pray or do other icky things unless they choose to do so. They don’t exclude people of other faiths from joining them -- anyone can come, and many often do.

It’s a place for college students to come find fellowship with other Christians, find out more about this whole Jesus thing, or just meet new people and have fun. Why is it crazy to think that a group promoting the Christian faith would want their leaders to practice Christian values?

A student member of TCF said, “We feel like we have the right to be selective on the basis of belief for our leaders since we’re a student group that is trying to encourage understanding about a faith-based set of beliefs.” 

Crazy Christians. Or something.

Do you think a faith-based campus group should be allowed to require its leadership to practice the values of that faith?

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mrsjonzy mrsjonzy

This is stupid. All groups descriminate for their leadership. Those elected to leadership are usually the most educated about the subject. Lets tell the physics or math groups they have to let liberal arts majors lead them. Stupid, stupid, stupid!

ilove... ilovemy4kiddies

Seriously the most asinine thing I have ever heard of. Sounds to me like campus officials don't have enough of a work load, they have to look for something else to entertain themselves. 

NatAndCo NatAndCo

Were there non Christians who actually wanted to be part of the group in the first place? Not being negative or anything, but why would you want to be in a Christian group if you're not?

Tracys2 Tracys2

Interesting. The linked article isn't very helpful and I don't really want to keep going into this, but I'd guess the controversy was caused by the inability of various groups of Christians on campus to agree on which Christian values they must espouse, and which not (since, apparently, many contradict each other). They might want a group called "Christian Fellowship" to be open to all Christians, not just those believing a certain set of precepts.

I personally would just start up a new group if I wanted, but then that group has just lost official status, and as Christians, might be kind of proud of that, as nobody seems to be prohibiting anything or infringing on their rights at all- just not giving them the benefits of official recognition.

Kind of like some organisations don't want to provide birth control insurance for their employees, because it's against their beliefs..

Except this doesn't really seem to cost anybody anything.

tuffy... tuffymama

Hmm. Are there any Muslim groups? Are they forced to accept non-Muslim leaders? I think many of us are blind to the fact that politically correct is a euphemism for anti-Christian.

miche... micheledo

This may be new news at this campus, but it is old news elsewhere.  I remember reading about it at another school and other groups were supporting the Christian group.  After all if a Christian group has to let an athiest be a leader, then a LBGT group would have to let a homophobic be a leader too.

It's insane.  Just get rid of all groups on campus I guess.

Lilyp... Lilypad523

This makes no sense. Why would someone who's not a Christian want to be the leader of a Christian group? Why is this even an issue? My fiances alma mater has a Black Student Union...that'd be like a white person wanting to be in charge if the Black Student Union...why?

nonmember avatar LordHelpUsAll

This happened at Vanderbilt University in Nashville recently. So stupid! For one thing, how would that person become a leader in the group? No one would vote for or support that non-Christian having a leadership position, so it seems like a moot point to me.

Caera Caera

Yeah, there's no war on Christians. Not at all.

IKnow... IKnow0101

This is just my opinion but i think in recent years that if you follow the Christian faith, which is very broad, your rights are denied to become more politically correct.  I see schools and organizations making adjustments for other faiths such as pray rooms and certain dietary restrictions.  Now more events and clubs are being cancelled by schools because they are in free of offending someone or getting sued.  A friend's daughter was just asked not to wear her cross in school or hide it under her shirt.  It just seem over the top and bias.

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