My University Stripped a Campus Ministry of Recognition, Until It Fought Back

The Daily Signal | 3/13/2018 | Staff
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Jake Goeddeke is a senior at Wayne State University and a member of PragerFORCE, the student ambassador program of PragerU.

My school, Wayne State University, doesn’t typically get much media attention. It’s the third largest university in Michigan, with over 27,000 students, yet it often gets overshadowed by the bigger universities in Michigan.

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So I was surprised last week to see Wayne State make national headlines for reinstating a Christian student group on campus. The news was not well publicized on campus, and neither was the initial de-recognition of the group.

That’s understandable, though. The university was practicing blatant discrimination. Why would the administration want that publicized?

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InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is one of the nation’s largest college ministries, with 1,015 chapters on 687 campuses. Its purpose is to “establish and advance at colleges and universities witnessing communities of student and faculty who follow Jesus as savior and Lord.”

Last fall, InterVarsity began its 75th year on Wayne State’s campus. It was then that the Dean of Students Office decided to de-recognize the ministry. Why? Simply because InterVarsity requires its leaders to affirm the Christian faith.

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Last week, InterVarsity filed a lawsuit against the university. It was represented by Becket Law. Just two days later, Wayne State announced it would reverse its decision and continue recognizing InterVarsity as an official student organization.

That was encouraging news, but the whole ordeal is still deeply troubling.

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Wayne State said the reason it initially de-recognized InterVarsity was because it violated the university’s nondiscrimination code by requiring its leaders to be Christians. But in this respect, InterVarsity is no different from other student groups. Other groups require their leaders...
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