San Jose University punishes Christian student group for requiring leaders to be Christian
By Laura Jones
San Jose State University has intimated Ratio Christi, a campus student ministry, of its decision to “de-recognized” the campus chapter as punishment for the ministry’s “discriminatory” policy for leadership positions. The school’s is requiring the Christian group to lift their requirement for leaders to be Christians.
School officials wrote to Ratio Christi, explaining their action is as per a new California State University Executive Order on how an organization selects its officers, the ministry revealed on its website this week.
The ministry requires its chapter officers to be Christian and holding biblical beliefs, and the State of California now deems that as “discriminatory.”
“De-recognition” means the school chapter of the ministry is no longer eligible for student funding and financial services, and nor can it participate in student organization fairs, ceremonies or training, the school officials said in a letter in October.
“Colleges and universities should be encouraging student leadership, not stifling it,” says Ratio Christi President Rick Schenker in response.
“All college students, including religious students, should have the right to form groups around shared beliefs and choose leaders who reflect those beliefs without being shut down and kicked off campus,” Schenker adds…
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