The New York Times had a good article last week on the growing issue of colleges finding a way to limit Evangelicals’ ability to organize on campus – at least if we want leaders who reflect a group’s beliefs. This issue has been simmering for quite a while, but it still isn’t exactly rampant – which can make it easy not to pay attention to.
But this trend could radically affect our field.
And it’s already radically impacting those campuses that have faced the bitter reality that even in the U.S. there are many who can’t stand our stand.
I encourage you to read the article.
In a collision between religious freedom and antidiscrimination policies, the student group, and its advisers, have refused to agree to the college’s demand that any student, regardless of his or her religious beliefs, should be able to run for election as a leader of any group, including the Christian association.
Similar conflicts are playing out on a handful of campuses around the country, driven by the universities’ desire to rid their campuses of bias, particularly against gay men and lesbians, but also, in the eyes of evangelicals, fueled by a discomfort in academia with conservative forms of Christianity.