The West Bend Daily News ran a story by Owen B. Robinson entitled "Will UW System ban Christians?
" I was immediately intrigued to see what exactly Owen had to say. After just a couple of lines worth of reading, I was confident Owen and I stood on exactly opposite sides of this argument.
"You may remember that late last year, UW-Eau Claire banned Resident Advisors from leading Bible studies in their own dormitories."
I stood in support of this, the government pays for their rooms. They can use any other room on campus, just not their dorms. Going to a pretty-religious private school (MSOE) where many of the RA's are involved in religious groups, I have been harassed by a few of them to attend bible studies. I did not appreciate it and do not wish it on another student. I'm saddened by the fact that UW-EC's ban on bible studies by RA's in the dorms was overturned. Seperation of church and state should exist in a public school.
At UW-Superior, The InterVarsity Christian Fellowship was denied recognition because it requires members to sign a statement declaring that they have Christian beliefs. School officials said that this violates the schools nondiscrimination policy because nonChristians are not permitted to join the organization. Apparently, Christian organizations are unacceptable unless they welcome people of all faiths - making the "Christian" part of the organization meaningless.
That last line is ridiciulous. Christianity is a private club now Owen? Having non-Christians in the room while you talk about Christian things destroys your Christianity? I thought Christianity included welcoming people to your faith? Accepting others? You and I obviously went to sunday school at different churches.
At UW-Madison, the Knights of Columbus, recognized by the university for 30 years, was delisted. The Knights of Columbus only permit Catholic men to become members. Again, university officials cited their vaunted nondiscrimination policy as the reason for derecognizing this honorable Christian organization. Apparently, UW officials believe that university policy trumps the Constitution and the peoples natural right to assemble and practice their religion.
The Knights of Columbus is discriminating, and I'm glad someone called them on it. Only Catholic men isn't discriminating? Wake up Owen, open your eyes. No one is stopping them from assembling, they're just not an official campus organization. These same protections stop groups from forming on campus and becoming private clubs or hate groups. It's a public school and the clubs on campus should be open to everyone. I don't want to spend my tax dollars funding a Catholic organization that I can't even join.
The UW system is not on a campaign to remove Christians from their campus (which I would imagine the bulk of their students are), they're on a campaign to have a safe and accepting environment for their students. I'm sorry that you do not see it that way.
, Owen Robinson