A college in Florida shut down an informal Bible study at one of its dorms hosted by a student leader with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the same group that the school "de-recognized" in late February for running afoul of the its non-discrimination policy. A student leader for InterVarsity, which has had a presence on the campus of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, for nearly four decades, was meeting quietly with three students in a commons area of Ward Hall when he was informed by one of the dorm's resident assistants that he would no longer be allowed in the dorm to conduct Bible studies.
Greg Jao, InterVarsity's national field director, said the student leader was called outside, where he was told that the Christian group's representatives “were no longer allowed inside the dorm — even with the express consent of the students to do Bible studies. They said it was because InterVarsity was no longer a registered student group on campus.”
InterVarsity recently lost its official campus recognition because Rollins officials said the group violated the school's non-discrimination policy by requiring its leaders to embrace biblical Christianity. Such a stand would require the leaders to reject certain personal behaviors, such as homosexuality. InterVarsity asked the school for an exemption to the policy because of its unique religious mission, but was denied.
Rollins officials insist that leadership positions in campus organizations must be open to all students — an absurd policy when it comes to religious groups that embrace certain convictions that are crucial to their existence. InterVarsity “exists to promote a religious viewpoint,” explained Jao to Fox News. “To say, 'Well, any student, in theory, should be eligible to lead that religious group,' makes no sense whatsoever.”
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