A 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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