[Ed. – Good to finally see some sanity on this. There have actually been previous rulings that upheld campus policies requiring student groups to allow leaders – not members; leaders, in formal leadership positions – who oppose the groups’ beliefs and values. The fact that only religious groups were under this mandate at Iowa probably figured in the judge’s decision. If you click through, you’ll see that other (non-Christian) religious groups were affected as well.]
In July, 2018, the University of Iowa and its officials restricted from its 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.
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