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Tufts University joins Vanderbilt in banning Christian clubs on campus

The Weekly Standard reports.


Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts has banned a Christian group from campus because the group requires student leaders to adhere to “basic biblical truths of Christianity.” The decision to ban the group, called the Tufts Christian Fellowship, was made by officials from the university’s student government, specifically the Tufts Community Union Judiciary.

The ban means the group “will lose the right to use the Tufts name in its title or at any activities, schedule events or reserve university space through the Office for Campus Life,” according to the Tufts Daily. Additionally, Tufts Christian Fellowship will be unable to receive money from a pool that students are required to pay into and that is specifically set aside for student groups.

[…]”The group had been operating in a state of suspended recognition after the Judiciary found that the group’s constitution excluded students from applying to leadership positions based on their beliefs. The clauses in question require that anyTCF member who wishes to apply for a leadership role must adhere to a series of tenets called a Basis of Faith, or eight ‘basic Biblical truths of Christianity.’

Here’s the previous story on Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt has a Muslim student group, and I assume that Tufts will as well. These rules are never applied to anyone but Christians, Jews, and conservatives of all stripes.

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3 Responses

  1. bridget says:

    Back in 2000, the Tufts Senate threatened to disband TCF for denying a leadership position to an openly gay student.

    What current Jumbos should do is flood the Women’s group and elect a bunch of pro-life men to leadership positions. Flood the Muslim student groups and elect an atheist or a Christian. Flood the LGBTQ group and nominate someone who believes in Biblical marriage.

    Stop playing nice and show these people that free speech is NOT a one-sided issue.

    • Very sneaky, Bridget!

      • Eleanor says:

        That can be done, you know, but it requires enough supporters who are like-minded. Some years ago, after the broader community of residents opposed a move by Muslims to buy our only public play park to build a madressa, our local ratepayers’ association AGM was packed with Muslims who’d moved into the neighbourhood in recent years, and they voted in an entirely Muslim committee, apart from one person who was in cahoots. Needless to say, the association fizzled out after a few more years, because the rest of the community no longer had representation, so it became irrelevant.

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