A college in England has learned a valuable lesson – not to sweep Christians out of the public arena.
The Oxford University campus at Balliol College was to conduct its “Freshers' Fair” – otherwise known as freshmen orientation – when organizers banned the Christian Union from participation, contending that it would alienate members of the freshman class and would signal the presence of an atmosphere of homophobia on the campus.
This controversial decision prompted a response from Simon Calvert of the United Kingdom Christian Institute (UKCI).
“The idea that this little group of earnest Christian students at Balliol represented some kind of threat to the other students is as ridiculous as it is offensive,” Calvert argued in a UKCI press release. “You've really got to ask yourself how these people can be so ignorant of the Christian faith, which has given us in this country so many rights and freedoms that countries around the world with no Christian heritage just don't have.”
Organizers also claimed that the presence of Christians at the Fresher might offend incoming students, but Calvert said that they apparently had no concern over the possibility of offending Christians.
Students organized a protest on the basis of free speech and freedom of religion.
Organizers are now convinced that it would be best to allow Christians in the future.