A university is aggressively trying to boot a student group off campus because it requires its leaders to adhere to Christian beliefs.
Wayne State University, a campus of 28,000 students in Detroit, claims the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship chapter on campus is discriminating by requiring its leaders to adhere to the organization's statement of faith.
InterVarsity, an inter-denominational campus ministry, operates on more than 600 campuses and dates its founding to the late 1800s.
Becket attorney Daniel Blomberg says 90 organizations on campus are allowed to select their leaders so it appears the school is singling out Intervarsity.
"It's just InterVarsity," he alleges, "that's being ostracized and treated unfairly."
Anyone is welcome to attend InterVarsity meetings and events but to become a leader, one has to comply with the group's beliefs.
According to its "What We Believe" statement, InterVarsity states in part:
The value and dignity of all people:
created in God’s image to live in love and holiness,
but alienated from God and each other because of our sin and guilt,
and justly subject to God’s wrath.
"They want people to be there. They actively go out and encourage folks to join them," Blomberg points out. "They just ask that when someone's going to lead the group in prayer and worship and religious teaching, that they actually believe in the God that they're praying to."
How, he asks, is that not a reasonable request?
It's now to a federal court to decide if the group can stay or be expelled by the school.