A Christian conservative group has filed a lawsuit against the University of Iowa after they were denied campus registration for not accepting a gay student into a position of leadership.
This is yet another example of how the left has made homosexuals and other members of the LGBT a protected class of people with more rights than the average American. For a group of individuals so obsessed with equality, modern liberals certainly are experts at creating inequality.
A policy held by the university bars all forms of discrimination, which is what they are claiming this group is guilty of, despite the fact that homosexuality is clearly condemned in Scripture and having someone who openly practices such a lifestyle violates not only the tenets of the faith, but also those held by the group as well.
Apparently their right to freely and totally practice their religious liberty, a right guaranteed in the Constitution, matters less than the “rights” of the LGBT community.
Yahoo News is reporting:
The case pits a university policy barring discrimination based on sexual orientation against the religious beliefs of a 10-member group called Business Leaders in Christ. The group sued after the state’s flagship university in Iowa City revoked its campus registration in November.
The group says its membership is open to everyone, but that its leaders must affirm a statement of faith that rejects homosexuality. The university says it respects the right of students, faculty and staff to practice the religion of their choice but does not tolerate discrimination of any kind.
The group, founded in the spring of 2015 by students at the university’s Tippie College of Business, met weekly for Bible study, to conduct service projects and to mentor students on “how to continually keep Christ first in the fast-paced business world.” The group’s loss of registration as an on-campus student organization means it can no longer reserve campus meeting space, participate in student recruitment fairs, access funds from student activity fees or use university-wide communication services.
A student member of Business Leaders in Christ, Marcus Miller, filed a complaint with the university last February after the group denied his request to serve as its vice president. Miller’s request was rejected after he disclosed he was gay.
The group says it denied Miller’s request because he rejected its religious beliefs and would not follow them. Group leaders must affirm a statement of faith that affirms that they “embrace, not reject, their God-given sex” and support the idea that marriage can be only between a man and a woman.
Eric Baxter, the group’s attorney who works with the Becket Fund For Religious Liberty, argued that, “Every organization to exist has to be able to select leaders that embrace its mission. You would never ask an environmental group to hire a climate denier as their leader. It’s the same thing here.”
A hearing for the case is set for Thursday by Judge Stephanie M. Rose.
If the individual denied the position was not willing to sign off on the beliefs they are required to adhere to in order to accept the leadership position, then they shouldn’t be given the position and everyone should just move on with their lives.
Clearly the university does not value religious liberty, but hopefully this lawsuit will open their eyes to the reality of why such a right and principle is so integral to the survival of our nation.