The University of Iowa is currently facing a lawsuit for its blatant disregard for the constitutional provisions of freedom of religion and association. Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC), a small Christian students group, was recently kicked off campus because it required the leaders of the organization to be Christian. Who would have thought that a Christian organization would want Christians to be in its leadership? It seems pretty self-evident but apparently, this was a problem for meddling University of Iowa bureaucrats.
BLinC seems to have been singled out, other campus organizations are not subject to this same level of scrutiny in their leadership selection. Would sororities be expected to allow men to lead them, or would the College Democrats be kicked off campus for not letting a Republican lead them? Of course not, that would be sheer insanity. BLinC does not even discriminate in its membership, which sororities and fraternities are able to do, they only require that leaders share its missions and beliefs. The president of BLinC at University of Iowa, Jacob Estell, had some harsh words for the administration:
“This is 2017, not 1984, our beliefs weren’t made by us, and they can’t be changed by us either—certainly not just to satisfy Orwellian government rules.”
Thankfully, there has been support for the group to be reinstated on campus, and The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is helping make the legal case for the club. One would hope that justice will be administered swiftly, as it is quite clear that the University is violating the club members most fundamental rights.
This isn’t the first such case in which a Christian organization was removed from campus because it wanted Christian leaders. The Christian group, Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, was kicked off campus at California State University back in 2015 for violating “discrimination policies” in which they required leaders to be Christian. The chapter was later reinstated. These cases represent a clear violation of religious liberties and of freedom of association. If you needed evidence that there was a war on Christianity going on in our increasingly anti-Christian leftist universities, here it is.