In July 2018, the University of Iowa and its officials restricted from their campus InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (ICF), along with some other religious groups. This was because ICF had the audacity to require that its campus group leaders were Christians.
Last week, “A federal court ruled University of Iowa officials must pay out of their own pockets for discriminating against a prominent Christian student group, calling the university’s conduct ‘ludicrous’ and ‘incredibly baffling’ during a hearing last week.”
The issue was that the university had no problem allowing secular groups on campus to make specific requirements about who could be in leadership. But when it came to a Christian group, to do so was considered discriminatory.
Thankfully, Judge Stephanie M. Rose of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa recognized that it was the university that was being discriminatory, holding the officials personally responsible.
And what, exactly, did the university do to ICF? “The university limited the Christian group’s access to campus after being there for over 25 years, froze its bank account, shut down its website and advertised that it was ‘defunct’ for lack of student interest, according to court documents. This violated the Christian group’s free speech and free exercise rights, the court ruled.”
Talk about an ugly, totalitarian action. And all because a Christian group required that its leaders be Christians.
But it was not just the Christian group against which the university discriminated. Quite the contrary.
Instead, after the court warned the university not to discriminate against another Christian group earlier last year, the officials decided to become equal opportunity offenders, kicking out Muslim and Sikh groups as well.
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