College and university campuses in the United States have become a battleground in the struggle to preserve religious liberty. One religious liberty concern that arises in the university context is the concern about equal access and fairness toward Christian student groups. A recent federal case in Iowa was a step in the right direction for such student groups.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) sued the University of Iowa after its student group was directed by the university to allow non-Christians to serve as leaders. The University treated IVCF’s requirement that leaders of its student group be Christian believers as a violation of the University’s Human Rights Policy. According to The Christian Post, U.S. District Judge Stephanie M. Rose opined that “‘university nondiscrimination policies are not viewpoint neutral if they are selectively applied to restrict the leadership and/or membership requirements of some student groups but not others.’” This is the second time that the University was taken to court over its treatment of Christian student groups; in February, Judge Rose ruled that IVCF could not be required to allow persons who practice homosexual behavior into positions of leadership, either.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is thankful for this decision and hopes that higher-level courts will reach the same conclusion. We urge other Christian groups—especially those on public university campuses—to stand their ground against efforts to dilute their Christianity.