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UNC-Greensboro Declares Christianity Not a Religion


JAY SCHALIN

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National Review
Type:
Media/Opinion
Date:
3/2/2012

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ABSTRACTUNC-Greensboro Declares Christianity Not a Religion - By Jay Schalin - Phi Beta Cons - National Review Online Get FREE NRO Newsletters   Log In   |   Register Follow Us Everywhere         April 16 Issue  Subscribe to NR  Renew  April 16 Issue   |   Subscribe   |   Renew Home The Corner The Agenda Campaign Spot The Home Front Right Field Bench Memos The Feed Media Blog Critical Condition Larry Kudlow David Calling Exchequer Phi Beta Cons Planet Gore UK Between the Covers Radio Derb Tweet Tracker NR / Digital Subscribe: NR Subscribe: NR / Digital Give: NR / Digital NR Renewals & Changes Shop! Donate Media Kit Contact Close To: Your Email: Your Name: Subject: Zubrin: Carbon Emissions Are Good Derbyshire: March Diary Costa: The Ron Johnson Factor Hanson: Iran’s Win, Win, Win Bomb Habeeb: Too Young to Die Sowell: Argument from Disparity Charen: Violence and Family Breakdown Fonte: Saving Sovereignty Prager: They Don’t Know Us Lowry: Meltdown with Keith Olbermann Pipes: It’s Not Road Rage, It’s Terrorism O'Sullivan: The Significant ‘Little War’ Lopez: Desperately Seeking Women Ponnuru: The Culture Warrior Geraghty: Senate 2012 Outlook Fund: Penny Anti Interview: Ringing a Bell for Liberty Barone: The Constitution’s Comeback Sowell: The Death of Mrs. G Murdock: Socialist Hong Kong? New on NRO . . . Phi Beta Cons The Right take on higher education. About This Blog Archive E-Mail RSS Send Print   |  Text   UNC-Greensboro Declares Christianity Not a Religion By  Jay Schalin March 2, 2012 8:54 P.M. Comments 52 A 2010 Supreme Court case, Christian Legal Society v. Martinez , is beginning to wreak havoc with the accepted standard (and the First Amendment right to free assembly) that student organizations can restrict membership and leadership roles to those who accept their basic beliefs. Just a few weeks after the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill convened a task force to explore eliminating the right to exclude non-believers, a second UNC school has started down that path. At UNC-Greensboro, the administration has determined that  a Christian student club isn’t really religious  and “therefore must allow students of other religions and belief systems to become leaders and members as a condition to being a recognized group.” (There is also this situation  going on over at Vanderbilt.) The Alliance Defense Fund has filed suit on behalf of the UNC-Greensboro student group Make Up Your Own Mind.  “Saying that a Christian club isn’t religious is flatly absurd,” said ADF Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco.  Perhaps Make Up Your Own Mind v. UNC-Greensboro will clarify the matter more sensibly. New on Phi Beta Cons. . . Harden: Massacre at Christian University Comments (0) VerBruggen: Maybe They Need Sex Week at Harvard Comments (2) Leef: Profits Are Anti-Social Comments (3) Advertisement Log In to Post a Comment COMMENTS   52 EXPAND   Ramrants    03/02/12 22:37 Christian students need to start joining Muslim student groups, run for leadership positions and demand the group recognize their beliefs. Pop some popcorn and watch the university tie itself in knots over what to do. Reply to this comment Link Report Abuse   Joseph Yeager    03/05/12 10:30 I've got a pretty good idea what the universities would do. They would carve out exceptions for "underrepresented" and "disadvanteged" groups. Those groups would have sovereign freedom of assembly, while all other groups would not. When you're as arrogant and self righteous as university administrators and faculty tend to be, you need not abide by logic, decency, fair play and the Constitution. Those are bourgoisie values and they don't apply to the jumped up aluminum gods who rule the academic archipelago. Reply to this comment Link Report Abuse   Roran    03/03/12 07:59 Imagine what would happen if a non-Muslim tried to join an Islamic students' club and was refused. Nothing at all. No, I take that back. The Muslim students would storm the administration building, protesting that they had been mocked and demanding that the student be expelled and that they be given an entire building for their activities. The university would immediately grovel. The president of the institution would then receive a telephone call from BHO, thanking him or her for defending religious freedom. Reply to this comment Link Report Abuse JKB    03/03/12 09:19 Precisely. So what good is the university? They certainly are no longer places of open discourse. Isn't it time it ends and we move on to the Education 2.0? I'm reminded of this observation from 'The Most Powerful Idea in the World' by William Rosen discussing Thomas Newcomen and his synthesis of two ideas inaugurating the steam revolution: "At the same.......