Another college derecognizes Christian group

Monday, November 12, 2012
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Another campus Christian organization is fighting accusations of discrimination for its requirement that leaders share a common profession of faith.

A student-led judiciary at Tufts University has voted to derecognize Intervarsity's Tufts Christian Fellowship chapter. The vote was based on a complaint from the Tufts Coalition Against Religious Exclusion, a group formed specifically to push TCF off campus.

Intervarsity Field Director Greg Jao says that this is actually not a new situation for the campus group.

"The student body's decision to derecognize the fellowship doesn't particularly surprise us; we see ourselves as a mission on campus, and, of course, the mission field doesn't always welcome the missionary who's there," he notes.

He says Intervarsity is asking school administrators to overturn the decision.

"We're very hopeful that they will do so," Jao tells OneNewsNow. "In 2000, we faced a similar circumstance were the student governments derecognized the Tufts chapter and when we appealed the university, the university said we actually need groups like this on campus and protected our right to continue our ministry on the Tufts campus. So we're hoping that twelve years later, they'll make the same decision."

The Intervarsity chapter has become the largest evangelical group on campus with about 120 members.

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