Campus Discrimination against Christian Groups

The battle has been fought for years. I was directly involved in it myself as a student half a century ago (Wow! Can I really be that old? How come I’m not a grown up yet?) It has been decided again and again, then revived again and again.

The question is simple enough: Are campus Christian groups to be permitted to require that their leaders be Christians? One would think the answer is also very simple: Of course they can: How else could a college or university be a place that honors a diversity of ideas?

The logic of those opposing the freedom of religious groups to have standards for their leaders is surprisingly shallow. (I’ve struggled over the next sentence because every version I write seems so silly it’s not worth reading.) Since the state at whatever level cannot discriminate on the basis of religion, then no one individual or group within the state’s jurisdiction can be allowed to discriminate. (I think that’s the fairest way I can word the matter.)

The flaw in such thinking is very easy to spot. If no group can be allowed to define its own identity, then there is no diversity left at all. Every group must have the same requirements for its leaders or have no requirements at all. So universities are declaring, in effect, “In the name of preserving diversity and pluralism, we are making strict policies against diversity and pluralism.”

These are the people guiding the intellectual development of the next generation???


About mthayes42

I am a retired pastor, interested in the Bible, cross-cultural ministries, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the current and past history of western civilization.
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