Vanderbilt University has stripped a Christian student group of official recognition because it had a clause that says “Criteria for officer selection will include level and quality of past involvement, personal commitment to Jesus Christ, commitment to the organization, and demonstrated leadership ability.” It was the phrase “personal commitment to Jesus Christ’ that resulted in the plug being pulled.
I can understand campus student groups not being allowed to discriminate on the basis of race or gender or ethnicity or disability or sexual orientation. Those are effectively unchangeable qualities of the person not views that they hold. But shouldn’t groups be allowed to limit their leaders, and even their members, to just those who will uphold their mission statements?
After all, doesn’t requiring “demonstrated leadership ability” also discriminate against those who do not aspire to be, or are not, good leaders?
I don’t quite see a slippery slope here in allowing religious groups to limit their leaders and members to those who share their religion.
Am I missing something?