Business Leaders in Christ is a student organization at the University of Iowa. This group of Christian students meets regularly to study the Bible and participate in service projects. When the University put politically-correct social engineering before constitutionally protected liberty, the group sued. The law suit charges that the government university violated the First Amendment.
A Statement of Faith
Business Leaders for Christ opens its membership to anyone. So what led to the controversy?
To serve in the leadership of the organization, a leader must affirm the organization’s statement of faith. This pledge provides that leaders “should conduct their careers without the greed, racism, sexual immorality, and selfishness….” It further provides that marriage is between a man and a woman. Leaders must “embrace, not reject, their God-given sex.” Finally, the statement provides that “[e]very other sexual relationship beyond this is outside of God’s design and is not in keeping with God’s original plan for humanity.”
This statement of faith caused the University to revoke the organization’s registration. Why? Because it precluded a student, openly engaging in homosexual conduct, from serving as a leader of the organization. According to the law suit, the student “expressly stated that he rejected [the Christian organization’s] religious beliefs and would not follow them.”
This person refused to follow the organization’s statement of faith. The organization, therefore, declined to let him lead the group. If you want to lead an organization it make sense that you affirm, and not despise its mission.
The Cost of Standing for Christ at the University
The University’s punitive action prevents the Christian organization from:
- recruiting new members at campus recruitment events,
- using campus facilities for meetings,
- utilizing university communication services, and
- receiving their fair portion of organizational funds from student activity fees.