The University of North Carolina-Greensboro (UNCG) is saying a Christian student club isn’t religious—and because it’s not religious, the “Make Up Your Own Mind” club must allow students from other religious and belief systems to become members and leaders in order to get formal group recognition from the university.
That move led to a federal lawsuit against UNCG. Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) attorneys representing the club filed suit on Wednesday.
“Saying that a Christian club isn’t religious is flatly absurd, especially when the university has granted its belief-based exception to numerous other clubs,” says ADF Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “The First Amendment forbids the government from determining what is and what is not ‘religious,’ yet the university is doing exactly this by telling a Christian group that it is not religious.
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Let's just be real here. Would UNCG tell a Muslim group that they'd have to accept Buddhists as members of their club? Would they force an Atheist group to accept Christians or Muslims? Or a Liberal/Democratic club that they must accept Republicans/Conservatives as members? The answer to these questions is of course, no.
The stupidity of this all is simply breathtaking. Then again, these are NOT stupid people we're dealing with here; this is a university staff -- obviously fairly intelligent people. So what's at play here is nothing but an anti-Christian agenda. UNCG has no leg to stand on, neither from a legal, or common-sense standpoint. This is nothing but harassment. This just makes me think of the days to come when the Devil will look for more reasons to harass believers in Christ and use whatever method, including the legal system, to do so. Jesus spoke of persecution that will face believers in Him:
9 “You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. 10 And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. 11 Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit. 12 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 13 Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. (Mark 13: 9-13)
It's insane that this matter even has to go to court to dealt with. But may God work this out for His glory. This is an important case, just in terms of the precedent it could set. If UNCG is allowed to get away with this stunt, it just opens the doors for other colleges, universities, and other schools to do the same thing to Christian students. Here's hoping the Make Up Your Mind Club wins this case in court speedily. I'll keep an eye on this to see how this case turns out.