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    Filed at 9:00 am under by dcobranchi

    A Christian student group at the Univ. of Minn is suing their school because it has a non-discrimination policy for membership. The students require a statement of faith for leadership positions, in violation of the school’s policy. The big problem here, though, is that the policy has not been enforced. The kids weren’t being pressured to accept it. It was a total non-issue. This lawsuit is entirely preemptive in nature.

    The federal suit, filed Friday in Minneapolis, is a preemptive strike, Larson said.

    “We want to make sure the same sort of thing doesn’t happen here,” he said.

    I think Chris said something about flying under the radar.

    2 Responses to “LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE”

    Comment by
    October 25th, 2003
    at 9:58 am

    I wonder if the university has any Caucasian clubs? 😉
    I also kind of wonder why they’re worried about their membership electing a gay person to president. Or are they scared of undercover gay agents infiltrating their executive for the nefarious purpose of…? What? Recruiting unwary conservative christians to the ‘gay lifestyle’?

    Comment by
    October 27th, 2003
    at 9:18 am

    I had a similar incident happen. The rules at the University I attend has a non-discrimination policy for membership as well. As part of the Constitution for our Christian group I included a phrase along the lines of “…members should be supportive of Christianity”.

    The Director of the Register Student Organizations emailed me to let me know that it was not acceptable to exclude those who are opposed to Christianity from our Christian group. A few minutes online looking at the constitutions of other RSOs provided me with numerous examples of groups requiring the members to be African, African-American, supportive of the Gay and Lesbian lifestyle, and Muslim. I responded with an email which included links to all the other constitutions where I had found phrases more restrictive than ours. To the credit of the person I was dealing with they decided to take a live and let live attitude and they said that it was OK for us to include the supportive of Christianity clause.

    My point, long winded though it may be, is that just because you are paranoid does not mean they aren’t out to get you. I would not have filed a lawsuit if I was in the position of the U of M students but I can understand why they did.