After giving it the boot because of its biblical standards, the University of Iowa has been ordered by a federal court to let a Christian student group back on campus immediately.
The University of Iowa ordered Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC) to change its policy requiring leaders in the organization to hold their Christian beliefs. When BLinC refused, the school kicked them off campus.
Becket attorney Eric Baxter argued that other groups on campus do not have to meet that requirement.
"If it's going to have the draconian policy that basically says you can't hold your leaders to your mission, then they need to apply that same policy to other religious groups, to the feminist organizations," he insists. "And so it will be real interesting to see how the university responds."
The problem began when a former homosexual member of BLinC complained of the group's affirmation of traditional marriage. Baxter says that student has since started a supposed Christ-centered group reaching out to homosexuals.
"The university is allowing him to remain on campus with his group," he reports, adding that "the university can't pick and choose which groups it likes based on their religious viewpoints."
The court has given the university 90 days to bring its policy of enforcement into compliance with free speech, free exercise, and Establishment Clause laws.