Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Univ. Singles Out Christians for Restrictions

"They were saying that we could not preserve the nature of our group being professing Christians . . . [thus denying] us the opportunity to meet on campus and to be able to have information tables as all the other groups can do."

-- From "Christian Group Allowed to Return to Ohio Campus" by Joshua Rhett Miller, FOX News, 3/3/09

A Christian group that claimed it was banned from the campus of Wright State University in Ohio because of its religious standards has been reinstated.

Members of the Campus Bible Fellowship said they were informed late Monday that they would be allowed to resume holding meetings on the Dayton campus. The reinstatement came after repeated media requests to school officials.

"We're good for now, but come May, we'll be up against the same qualifications they refused us on this time," said Gary Holtz, 62, a Campus Bible Fellowship organizer. "I believe because of public pressure [school officials] changed their case."

Holtz said the college banned the fellowship from holding meetings on campus Jan. 30 because the group refused to adopt university-mandated nondiscrimination language. Adhering to the college demands would have prevented the fellowship from requiring that voting members adhere to religious and behavioral standards, he said.

University officials also objected to the group's requirement in its constitution that voting members be practicing Christians, Holtz said.

A fellowship member, Joseph Hollaway, said Tuesday that he received an e-mail indicating that the group could meet on campus through the end of the year.

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