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
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
"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.