Tell the University of Iowa: Fully Reinstate Christian Student Groups
It’s back to school, but not for everyone –including many Christian student groups at public universities across the country. One such campus is the University of Iowa. This past June, they banned 40 religious student groups, including InterVarsity and the Chinese Student Christian Fellowship because they would not compromise on their religious beliefs. Just recently, due to enormous pressure and a lawsuit, the university has temporally allowed these groups back on campus –but only for the time being.
Now is the time to continue to lay the pressure on this prejudiced university and demand that they stop discriminating against people of good faith.
Please sign this petition demanding that the University of Iowa completely reinstate these groups and make a public commitment to protecting and affirming the rights of University of Iowa students to meet and organize in accordance with their deeply held religious beliefs.
Here’s what’s happened. Two years ago, the student club Business Leaders in Christ was kicked off campus for requiring leaders in the group to live in accordance with Christian morality. The group sued, stating that the university was being unfair and treating Business Leaders in Christ differently than other religious groups. A judge agreed. But instead of reinstating the club, the University of Iowa responded by deregistering 40 other religious student groups.
Now the Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty is suing the University of Iowa. Due to the lawsuit and ongoing pressure from religious activists, like you, the University of Iowa has temporally allowed these groups back on campus. However, the administration has been clear –the groups are only allowed on campus only the lawsuit is completed.
This is why your participation in this campaign is so important! The University of Iowa is on the defensive, but they are still promising to ban these groups. Please sign the petition.
InterVarsity has served students at the University of Iowa for 25 years. However, the university is now trying to prevent them from being on campus because they are Christians.
As Daniel Blomberg, a lawyer at Becket representing the groups has said, “What (the university) sent to InterVarsity Graduate was clear — you can’t ask your leaders to share your faith, and it doesn’t matter how you ask them, you just can’t make that requirement or request,” he said. “And that’s exactly the problem. Because if that’s the standard, then that means religious groups can’t ultimately remain religious.”
We are strong as a unified voice. Please sign now and help to protect religious student groups at the University of Iowa and across the country.
Sign this petition now!
Fully reinstate religious student groups