Thursday, January 03, 2019

UCCS refuses to recognize Christian group, so the group sues

A Christian student organization is suing the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs for allegedly dragging its feet on giving the group official university recognition.

Christian nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Ratio Christi in the lawsuit, which asserts that the student group has tried to become a recognized student organization at UCCS for nearly three years.

“The First Amendment dictates that the 'marketplace of ideas' on a public university cannot prefer some viewpoints and cannot exile or denigrate others," Ratio Christi states in the lawsuit. "It also dictates that the government cannot force a religious organization to appoint as a leader someone who does not share that organization’s beliefs or to accept as a member someone who does not support its mission.”

“As this student organization seeks to advance, teach, and defend Christian beliefs, it requires that its officers must share and personally hold those Christian beliefs," the group explains. "And it requires that its members, those who influence its overall direction, generally support its mission.”

ADF said in a news release that students of any faith can attend Ratio Christi events and become a member of the group, so long as they are on board with the group's mission. But Ratio Christi mandates that its leaders are Christian.

The nonprofit said that, because of this restriction, UCCS has denied to register Ratio Christi, curbing its access to funds, help from administrators, and space to host events.



Anonymous said...

The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs is apparently run by Politically Correct bigots.

I am an atheist by the way, but I support constitutional rights.

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:06 - Just like our host. You are a person who has strength enough in your convictions that you don't feel a need to crusade against the convictions of others.

Well done.

Bird of Paradise said...

But the same Liberal run University will allow for some liberal group of Eco-Wackos to go dancing and prancing around campus beating drums howling like wolves and wearing masks

Anonymous said...

It would be a strange decision that required an organisation to accept members who oppose its mission, and choose for leadership those who would destroy it.