Tufts Univ. Bans Christian Group Over Biblical Leadership Requirements

By:  Dave Bohon
10/26/2012
       
Tufts Univ. Bans Christian Group Over Biblical Leadership Requirements

Over the past couple of years higher education institutions across the nation have been targeting student Christian groups that require their leaders to embrace the tenets of biblical Christianity. In mid-October Tufts University in Massachusetts became the latest example of that secular intolerance when the school's student government banned Tufts Christian Fellowship (TCF), the school's chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, because of the group's requirement that its leaders embrace the “basic biblical truths of Christianity.”

Over the past couple of years higher education institutions across the nation have been targeting student Christian groups that require their leaders to embrace the tenets of biblical Christianity. In mid-October Tufts University in Massachusetts became the latest example of that secular intolerance when the school's student government banned Tufts Christian Fellowship (TCF), the school's chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, because of the group's requirement that its leaders embrace the “basic biblical truths of Christianity.”

That requirement placed TCF in violation of Tufts' new non-discrimination policy, which forbids discrimination on the basis of among other things, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression — all areas where TCF's Christian convictions would place it at odds with the governing authority at Tufts.

In September the student governing body recommended that TCF move its belief requirement from its bylaws to its mission statement, which would have placed the group in compliance with the school's policy. When TCF declined to make the change, Tuft's student government stripped the Christian group of its official recognition.

The move means that TCF will no longer be able to use the Tufts name for official campus activities, and its members, all Tufts University students, will not be able to schedule events or reserve space on campus through the university's Office for Campus Life. The group will also not receive any operating funds that approved groups receive from the school.

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Photo: Bendetson Hall, on Tufts' Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts, campus, houses the university's Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

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