Cal State told InterVarsity that they were violating state law and university rules that prohibit discrimination based on religion. Those laws were actually written to protect religious groups from discrimination, not subject them to it.
Keep in mind that the rule in question only applies to leaders, not to group members—anyone is welcome to attend. The right of religious groups to insist that their leaders hold certain religious views is protected everywhere in America. If you’re an atheist who applies to be a pastor at a church, you don’t have grounds for a lawsuit when you don’t get the job.
Cal State made the hilarious argument that InterVarsity’s leadership rule conflicts with the “mission of education, not exclusivity.” That’s just laughable. Universities are full of discrimination, and most of it is far more widespread than a Christian group requiring a Christian leader. Like most universities, Cal State discriminates on the basis of intelligence in its admissions. They discriminate on the basis of race, gender, region, and class when they’re trying to make sure they’ve got enough diversity. They discriminate on the basis of athletic ability when they offer athletic scholarships.
InterVarsity really conflicts with Cal State’s hatred for Christianity. Leftwing universities hate Christian groups because they hate the Christian message. These cries of discrimination and exclusion are just a red herring.
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