Skip to comments.College Bans Dormitory Bible Studies
Posted on 11/02/2005 11:47:38 AM PST by NavVet
In a shameful attack on freedom of religion, the University of WisconsinEau Claire (UWEC) has banned resident assistants (RAs) from leading Bible studies in their own dormitories.
The university claims the ban is necessary because some students might not feel RAs who lead Bible studies are "approachable.
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I guarantee the University wouldn't have said a word.
This is what we get from the land of Herbert Kohl, Russ Feingold, etc. People there can never learn much.
This is beyond disgusting. Absolutely over the limit.
What happened to the Democrats scream to the Right to privacy. Oh yea, that's only if you want to murder your unborn child.
I hope it goes before the new Supreme Court.
Misleading title. What they banned was having employees of the school lead Bible studies. Dorm Resident Managers and Assistants are employees of the school.
Anyone else living in the dorm can have as many Bible studies as they wish.
Absolutely, liberal people in WI would sooner use the Koran than the Bible.
What a stupid reason, but you are right. If it had been an Islamic study, no one would say anything.
So they can prevent people from heading a Bible study on their own time?
I am so mad reading this crap. Who do they think they are? We used to live in a country with freedom of religion but thanks to the ACLU that is no longer the case. Thankfully my daughter goes to a Christian college. No way I would want her in one of these hell holes. Now days colleges promote porn and homosexuality and take away Bibles. The hallowed halls of higher education.
These guys will eat the UW-EC administration for breakfast.
Can they go to Mass or Church in public?
I doubt it.
Just this morning on the news there was a story about a college airing porn and the powers that be won't interfere because it is the students call.
Who would want to aproach an RA anyway?
They're just high school hall monitors writ large.
Losers, every last one of them.
Why would leading a bible study be the "measure" of approachability? Shouldn't they simply ban all outspoken christians from being RAs, just to be safe?
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" -- that would be a great policy to make sure the RAs are approachable.
On the other hand, if the RA was gay, we would say that was OK because if a person can't approach a gay person, well it's that person's fault, not the gay guy. We don't want to encourage bigots.
Those dirty Christians! They're everywhere!
The assault on Christianity continues.
Unless they are employees of the school
Maybe they could pass a law against employees criticizing politicians.
Don't worry, everyone. I'm sure the ACLU will move swiftly to fight this violation of religious freedom.
"Can they go to Mass or Church in public?"
I can't imagine why not.
"The university claims the ban is necessary because some students might not feel RAs who lead Bible studies are "approachable."
That is, without a doubt, one of the top ten dumbest things I have ever read!!
I'm sure the university would rush to set up a private prayer room in the dorm for them. Just so long as no Christians ask for one...
"Who would want to aproach an RA anyway?
They're just high school hall monitors writ large.
Losers, every last one of them."
Be careful, buddy. I was an RA and a dang good one. Something about just getting out of the Army sorta made me approachable to the Freshmen on the floor....
I can't imagine why not.
But if someone who lives in the dorm sees them, they may not be "approachable"...
Actually, the RA's are residents of the dorm who also get paid to advise the students.
However, the bible study was in the RA's residence behind closed doors. I seriously doubt they want to defend the position that the RA is always on the clock 24 hours a day, and therefore any speech or conduct on the part of the RA is subject to government control.
But RA's and RM's are students. And their rooms are their homes during the school year. The dorm room is the student's home away from home. They are banning Bible study in student's homes/rooms, by asserting that they are 'employees'. Wow.
So what? Does being an government employee prohibit one's First Amendment right to freedom of religion on one's own time?
"I believe that most RAs receive free room and board as compensation for services, but they are students who ultimately pay the schools to attend classes."
You're right. They are compensated for their work. That makes them employees.
My only comment was that the headline was misleading. There is no ban on Bible study in the dorms. There is a ban on RAs leading such Bible studies in the dorm they supervise. Makes some sense, I guess. I don't really care, frankly, but the headline was inaccurate.
"They are banning Bible study in student's homes/rooms, by asserting that they are 'employees'. Wow."
Whatever it takes.
So some students are prejudiced against Christians and the school wants to support them in their bias? That's real open minded of them!
Moral Absolutes Ping.
I've got take some time off from FR. I just cannot believe this. I mean, it's not that I doubt the veracity of the above article (what I've read of it).
It's just that the aggressive, fiendish assault on God is like a tsunami as it approaches a harbor. People who see this evil for what it is have got to stand up and take action.
Not APPROACHABLE? What do they mean? Won't go in for pansexual orgies?
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This will be overturned.
It's overt religious discrimination.
"So what? Does being an government employee prohibit one's First Amendment right to freedom of religion on one's own time?"
It shouldn't. I don't care if RAs lead Bible Studies. I care that the headline appeared to say that no Bible Studies were allowed in the dorms. That was my post.
Whether the University can do what they did is another matter, but New Smacks got the headline wrong...my only point.
Christian discrimination ping
This isn't an assault on 'Christianity'. Its an assault on Bible studies led by state employees on state property.
RAs are employees? Man, things sure have changed in the 30+ years since I went to college.
Are you sure about this?
"... banned resident assistants (RAs) from leading Bible studies ..."
So let someone else lead it then. However, there's still no reason anyone should be barred from doing this on his own time. I'm assuming the R.A. that prompted this was not leading the Bible study as an official representative of the University.
Which is why you MUST stay and continue the fight against the left!
They will force Resident Assistants to hold back alley Bible studies.
Well, someone has to by the beer.
"RAs are employees? Man, things sure have changed in the 30+ years since I went to college.
Are you sure about this?"
Yep. They're employees. They receive compensation, in the form of free rent. They have job descriptions, duties, and responsibilities assigned to them by their employer.
Frankly, as I've said, I see no reason they shouldn't lead Bible studies. My point was that the New Smacks headline was incorret. The school is not banning Bible Study in the dorm at all. It is banning some of its employees from leading Bible Studies in their dorm. Big difference.
Yeah, Let's ban Bible Studies so we can go watch the Hard Core Live Sex shows on Campus Cable TV! Makes a lot of sense to me!
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But thanks. This is really a bad one. Universities are cesspools. Porn? Great. Gay everything all the time? Fine! Womyns' studies that are nothing but lesbian ranting and porn? Awesome. Communism and socialism as Gospel? Very good. Porn stars and prostitutes leading workshops? Covered by the consitution.
But Bible studies by employees, on their own time in their private quarters? VERBOTEN!
Yes, that too.
It's an assault on a perso being allowed to do things which might make them "unapproachable" if they are a public employee.
And what do the powers-that-be think makes a person unapproachable? The only thing they seem to have banned is overt acts of christianity.
If they force female RAs to wear Burkas because otherwise muslims might find them unapproachable, I'll believe this isn't an assault on christianity.