Federal Judges Rules in Favor of Christian Student Group

Publicly funded university foudn to have violated constitutional rights.

U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland ruled this week that Wayne State University violated the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution by stripping InterVarsity Christian Fellowship of its certification as an official university organization. The Michigan school had withdrawn the club’s 90-year status claiming they did not adhere to the non-discrimination policy due to the qualification of fellowship leaders to profess the Christian faith.

Judge Cleland issued a permanent injunction, indicating the university overstepped in its demands that the organization change its by-laws, then canceling the group’s official sanction when they refused. The judge stated that the First Amendment allows religious organizations to choose their own leadership. The university also allows other student groups to determine their own membership and leadership restrictions that excluded certain students, such as fraternities and veterans-only organizations.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For federal judges across the nation who consider and rule on religious freedom cases.
  • That God would lead district judges to continue to uphold the Constitution.

Sources: The College Post, Just The News


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