Behold the secularist/atheist’s version of Sharia Law.
Christianity Today asks: “Will InterVarsity Losing Cal State Standoff Be Tipping Point for Campus Ministries Nationwide?”
Despite a year’s worth of persuasion and a New York Times article that sparked widespead support this summer, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship has lost campus access in America’s largest university system because it requires student leaders to affirm Christian doctrines.
California State University has told the campus ministry that “no exemption can be made” to a new non-discrimination policy that requires leadership positions be open to all students, InterVarsity announced in a monthly prayer letter. Now 23 student chapters are no longer recognized by their universities as official student groups, losing free access to rooms for meetings and student activities fairs for recruiting.
Whereas religious freedom used to be one of the hallmarks of America’s uniqueness in the world, now it is being attacked on virtually every front. It would be humorous—were it not so serious—seeing that so many of Christianity’s opponents complain about having religion “shoved down their throats” whereas it is only skeptics doing the “shoving” today.
While the university’s policy asks that the president of each student group sign a statement “attesting that the organization has no rules or policies that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, color, age, gender, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or disability,” in reality, there are often exceptions, [InterVarsity president, Alec] Hill said. Greek societies, athletic groups, and honor societies are all allowed to discriminate on the basis of gender or intelligence, he said.
Ideologically, this is akin to the sham of Islam, which must arrest, banish, or behead Christians, lest the falsity of their own beliefs be exposed.
Kudos to the way in which InterVarsity appears to be going about their opposition. They have a plan; they are seeking to be respectful of authorities, while refusing to abandon who they are, and standing for their rights in the courts, if need be.