Duke University bans Christian club for adhering to Christian principles

UVA students following their leftist masters
UVA students following their leftist masters

Duke University… I remember blogging about them before. The first time, they falsely accused members of their lacrosse team of rape. The second time, a gay Duke University employee was arrested for selling his adopted 5-year-old to other gay men for sex. So, not a very good university. And they’re going to be an even worse university after banning Christian clubs on campus.

Here’s the story from The College Fix:

The Christian student organization Young Life excludes two categories from leadership: “persons who engage in sexual misconduct or who practice a homosexual lifestyle.”

The latter is apparently a ban on practicing homosexuals, not Christians who identify as gay and believe their faith requires them to remain celibate.

The Duke Student Government Senate didn’t see a distinction, and used the organization’s orthodox Christian beliefs on sexuality to deny official recognition to a proposed Young Life chapter last week.

This isn’t the first time that something like this has happened to Christians on secular university campuses. Before Duke University, there was Tufts University and Vanderbilt University.

Tufts University:

Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, is the latest higher education facility to crack down on student-led religious groups. In a recent move, the school’s student government banned the Tufts Christian Fellowship (TCF), an evangelical organization. The decision was made because TCF, which is the campus’ chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, requires that those serving in leadership positions must embrace “basic biblical truths of Christianity.”

The group’s demand that leaders be Bible-believing Christians was found to be in violation of Tuft’s non-discrimination policy. Last month, the Judiciary recommended that the belief requirement be moved from the constitution’s bylaws to its mission statement; while the bylaws are legally-binding, the mission statement is not. TCF didn’t comply and, now, the group is officially unrecognized by the university.

Vanderbilt University:

Vanderbilt University has decided that Christian student groups that hold traditional Christian religious views are not welcome on campus. They will no longer be recognized as valid student organizations. Vanderbilt’s reason is that such groups require that their leaders be Christian—that is, that their leaders embrace certain core principles of Christianity and try to live according to these principles. In Vanderbilt’s view, religious beliefs and standards “discriminate” against those students who do not subscribe to them. Therefore, student religious groups with religious beliefs and standards are banned.

The situation would be unbelievable—were it not true. The issue came to a head this year when a student group at Vanderbilt Law School, the Christian Legal Society, submitted its “constitution” to the university. The constitution provided that the group’s leaders should believe in the Bible and in Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior; that they should be willing to lead members in worship, prayer, and Bible study; and that they should “strive to exemplify Christ-like qualities.” Vanderbilt’s Director of Religious Life, Reverend Gretchen Person, replied that such views were forbidden. Vanderbilt’s policies “do not allow” religious groups to have such an “expectation/qualification of officers,” she wrote. Last week, the administration officially declared the policy that Vanderbilt will exclude student religious groups that “impose faith-based or belief-based requirements for membership or leadership.”

It’s probably a good idea for Christian parents to do a thorough evaluation of universities before sending your children there. Not every university beliefs in basic human rights like free speech or freedom of association or freedom of religion. But they all believe in separating you from your money, which is why you need to be careful. By the way, I don’t recommend joining Young Life, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Campus Crusade / CRU. The only good Christian club on campus is Ratio Christi. Make sure the university you pick has a chapter.

16 thoughts on “Duke University bans Christian club for adhering to Christian principles”

  1. Are there Muslim student groups at these same colleges that require their leaders to adhere to “basic Muslim beliefs and the Quran”?

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  2. WK, that is an interesting list of clubs you recommend not joining. Is that based on what you’ve seen of them in the past 5 years, or something else.
    We have several fulltime workers of those groups at my university-area church.
    About 25 years ago, those seemed like decent groups, but based on the fulltimers I know, those groups strike me as an emotional cult unintentionally but very effectively loving the world and destroying marriages and preventing the maturity of its female members.

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    1. This goes as far back as when I was an undergraduate student and then again in grad school. IVCF and Crusade are useless groups, in my experience. No apologetics, no worldview, no engagement with the secular culture.

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  3. Never in my atheist years would I have even THOUGHT of interfering with Christians and their practices.

    It simply never would have occured to me because it is the opposite of tolerance.

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    1. I know. This is the great concern. The sudden confidence that atheists have in using government as a club to beat Christians into acting like atheists. It’s so natural for them. And the ones that are deepest into sexual sins are the worst.

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  4. Most far leftists are authoritian.

    Any is it left people would justify China having police crack down on Hong Kong freedom protests.

    To the far left freedom is not a right but a social privilege to be taken away of you do not match up to the thought police of the day.

    It is why to common people I will explain that main future moves that show police states are actually the desire of the far left. Not just some fanciful work of fiction.

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  5. Never heard of the group you recommend. On my campus we have RUF (Reformed University Fellowship – the college outreach of the Presbyterian Church in America) and BCM (Southern Baptist).

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      1. Oh, then I am sure that it must have been one of those groups from which the “calvinist” pharisees came to our sidewalk lecturing us on being nicer than Jesus and developing relationships with deathscorts while they were escorting babies to their deaths.

        I may have misattributed them previously to Ratio Christi – if so, I apologize for the confusion.

        Any group of “christians” who actively suppress anti-abortion speech (most churches, beware) can expect to hear those dreadful words “I never knew you.”

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  6. Wait…the Christian group at Duke was preventing gay people from joining their group? That’s so wrong if that’s true. I may have misunderstood

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