Tell the University of Iowa: Don’t oust Christian group for holding Christian views
Many universities make a point to boast about how diverse their student bodies are. Schools will claim that they are made up of a diverse group of individuals from a variety of backgrounds, ethnicities, interests, and career tracks. However, at an increasing number of universities, that “commitment” to diversity doesn’t extend to those who hold any beliefs that are unpopular in the current cultural climate. In essence, American universities are only accepting of students who are currently culturally popular –not the marginalized.
Such is unfortunately the case at the University of Iowa. A Christian student group, Business Leaders in Christ, has lost official status and funding for simply requiring club officers to believe and accept basic Christian teachings. Please sign this petition to the University of Iowa asking them to respect the diversity of views in a pluralistic society and not discriminate against their students on the basis of religious belief.
Here’s the story: the student club, Business Leaders in Christ, asks that all official club officers, or leaders uphold the group’s statement of faith. That statement of faith says that they, “should conduct their careers without the greed, racism, sexual immorality, and selfishness that all too often arise in business, political, and cultural institutions.”
Pretty basic stuff. However, after a student who practices an openly homosexual life-style wasn’t selected for a leadership position in the Christian club, the University of Iowa revoked club status. This means that Business Leaders in Christ will lose access to funding, school facilities, recruitment and other benefits that every other student group benefits from.
The group is rightfully suing the University of Iowa. They are being represented by Becket Fund for Religious Liberty who is asking the federal court to stop the University of Iowa from violating the group’s basic constitutional rights.
Right on their website, University of Iowa declares that, “We understand the link between diversity and excellence in education. At the University of Iowa, we embrace our responsibility to create a welcoming environment for all members of our community. This commitment includes all of our students, staff, and faculty as they pursue their goals here at Iowa.”
However, through their recent actions, the University of Iowa is demonstrating that their commitment to creating a welcoming environment doesn’t extend to all students. Students who live in a way that is culturally unpopular aren’t welcome at all. In fact, they aren’t even allowed to officially meet on campus.
Please sign this petition to the University of Iowa and ask them to live up to their own commitment to diversity by not discriminating against students who are culturally unpopular.
Sign this petition now!
Business Leaders in Christ