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Skip to comments.Tufts evangelical group [again] faces ‘de-recognizing’ for requiring leaders adhere to basic truths
Posted on 10/29/2012 8:02:17 AM PDT by daniel1212
The student government at Tufts University has taken measures to de-recognize an evangelical group on campus, because the group requires its leaders to adhere to basicbBiblical truths of Christianity, student government members said on Friday. The Tufts Community Union Judiciary, the universitys judicial branch of student government, voted earlier this month to no longer recognize the Tufts Christian Fellowship, a chapter of the national InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Tufts officials said in a statement....
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In 1852 that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts chartered Tufts College, noting the college should promote "virtue and piety and learning..." (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tufts_University)
Apparently, Tufts simply could no longer find this toleration of conservative evangelical positions intolerable, exampling that even tolerance-promoting pluralists are intolerant of those who do not share their ethos.
The FIRE website notes that "in doing so, Tufts (whose student government had once stood up for TCF's freedom of association) has joined a long line of other colleges and universities that have turned to "all-comers" policies in the wake of the Supreme Court's controversial 2010 decision in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez. Unfortunately, as Erica explains, and FIRE has long argued, these policies "severely limit the values underlying freedom of association." For more on the Tufts case, and the issues surrounding all-comers policies on campus, read Erica's latest! (source: http://thefire.org/case/54)
Todays issue of The New York Times features an op-ed by FIRE President Greg Lukianoff, entitled Feigning Free Speech on Campus. In it, Greg introduces the massive problem of repression on campus to Times readers and points out that Students cant learn how to navigate democracy and engage with their fellow citizens if they are forced to think twice before they speak their mind on campus. Read Full Article (http://thefire.org)
This is nothing new, and goes back to at least 2003, when, as the U.S. News & World Report reported, the student tribunal first
"defunded and "derecognized" an evangelical group for refusing to allow a bisexual member to become a leader in the group. The group said it knew that the bisexual woman was "exploring sexuality" and had no trouble with it and made no effort to expel her. But while the group supported gay rights, it also said it could not accept a leader who challenged the group's conclusion that homosexuality is incompatible with Scripture. By ruling against the evangelicals (without a hearing), Tufts in effect said that the Christian group would have to abandon its principles to remain on campus. Tufts backed down under pressure from FIRE [the Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education] and David French of Lexington, Ky., lawyer for the evangelicals. (source: U.S. News & World Report, January 13, 2003; http://www.usnews.com/usnews/opinion/articles/030113/13john.htm)
The same article describes how Rutgers also banned a Christian group from using campus facilities and stripped the group of university funding because it selects leaders on the basis of religious belief... the antidiscrimination language here would require a Democratic club to allow a Republican president, a Jewish group to allow a Holocaust-denying president, and a Muslim group to accept a leader who believes in Christianity, animism, or voodoo."
Tufts isn’t anything but a poor mans Harvard, and it is very leftist.
They can kick them off campus, but that just makes them an underground Christian group. Throughout history there has been NO BETTER WAY to cause the gospel to flourish than to push it underground. It will lead to meetings in homes and quiet meetings in dorms. I’m excited. Now there is no limit to the outreach.
It is ridiculous to think that authentic Christianity can abide by the rules of a pagan organization, and according to Peter’s epistle, it is an honor when Christians are persecuted by it.
Though it’s “Butts up” for islam, I’d bet.
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Indeed. And who would graduate from Harvard today if they were judged by these rules: http://peacebyjesus.witnesstoday.org/HARVARD_LAWES.HTML
” And who would graduate from Harvard today if they were judged by these rules”
None : )
This is all true, and while most of “evangelism” seems to see “thou shalt never be rejected” as a commandment (while a few others go out of their way to make sure they get rejected), the issue here is that of exposing the intolerant duplicity of self-promoted “tolerant” pluralists, and seeking to maintain freedom which is supposed to be assured in accordance with just laws. Thus Paul while rejoiced in persecutions, yet he also exposed those who unjustly hindered gospel preaching and tried to cover it up, saying,
“They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out. “ (Acts 16:37)
Yes, and education in America, inlc. the “higher” kind,is not what it was. http://www.astorehouseofknowledge.info/Education_in_the_United_States
As re Harvard,
In 2001, Harvard was focused upon as part of a controversy in which high, but allegedly unwarranted, GPA’s (Grade Point Averages) were awarded. While in 1940 C-minus was the most common GPA at Harvard, and in 1955 only 15 percent of undergraduates had a GPA of B-plus or higher, in the year 2000, 50% in of all the grades given were As or A-minuses, with just six percent being C-pluses or lower. More than 90 percent of the class of 2001 had earned grade-point averages of B-minus or higher.
Observers point out that entering freshmen typically have straight-A averages in high school, SAT scores near 800 in all fields, and have demonstrated an unusual ability to engage in serious study. The days when Harvard included many “Gentleman C” students there for social activities are long gone.
In a Harvard Crimson article, noted conservative Harvard professor Harvey Mansfield contended that “Grade inflation got started when professors raised the grades of students protesting the war in Vietnam...” “At that time, too, white professors, imbibing the spirit of the new policies of affirmative action, stopped giving low grades to black students, and to justify or conceal this, also stopped giving low grades to white students.” The problem was essentially seen as the predominance of the notion of self-esteem, “in which the purpose of education is to make students feel capable and ‘empowered,’ and professors should hesitate to pass judgment on what students have learned.” Such assertions resulted in no small controversy. http://www.conservapedia.com/Harvard_University#High_grades
” in the year 2000, 50% in of all the grades given were As or A-minuses,”
This renders a grade of A almost meaningless : )