Diversity Enforced: University Excommunicates Christians

You would think that diversity enforced would result in the protection of diversity. But no, it results in what Christians call “excommunication” meaning “to be put out of fellowship.”

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Jesus gave instructions about excommunication as recorded in Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 18:15-20.

“Excommunicated” is a Latin term and one could argue that one possible translation of that term would be “derecognized.” Which brings us to the California State University and its sixteen campuses. CSU has “derecognized” Christians. Ed Stetzer writes at the Christianity Today website,

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) has been, in modern campus terminology, “derecognized” by California State University schools. Basically, they will no longer be a recognized campus organization on any of the 23 schools in that system. IVCF has been derecognized because they require their leaders to have Christian beliefs.

It’s not just InterVarsity that will be impacted. Following the same logic, any group that insists on requiring its leaders to follow an agreed upon set of guiding beliefs is no longer kosher (irony intended) at California’s state universities. This will impact many other faith-based organizations with actual, well, faith-based beliefs. Presumably, even People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals would have to allow Oscar Meyer to lead their campus chapters.

Stetzer is quick to say that this does not constitute “persecution.” But Stetzer can only make this assertion by arbitrarily restricting the ways the university can persecute Christians. As he himself acknowledges, Christians are being denied equal access that homosexual groups and animal-rights groups are given.

The bigger, and ongoing, issue is the continual sanitization of unacceptable religious voices from universities. It’s ironic—those who champion nondiscrimination, in the name of nondiscrimination, are creating rules that push out those who “discriminate” based on biblical belief statements.

A few years ago, I asked in the pages of USAToday, are evangelicals no longer welcome in the public arena? If that arena is a California state university, and those evangelicals want an official school organization, that answer is obvious.

This has already happened in other places, perhaps most notably at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. But, Vanderbilt is a private university. Now, state schools have decided that, due to their odd policies restricting belief based organization from requiring belief, students who have evangelical beliefs—and think the leaders of their belief-based campus organization should also have beliefs—are no longer welcome as a student organization.

It isn’t just the colleges. With JPMorganChase openly admitting employee job security depends on supporting “gay rights” and Mozilla’s CEO fired for contributing to the wrong political campaign, the intoleristas have come out of the closet in full force.