University denies registration to apologetics group for requiring its leaders to be Christians

(CHRISTIAN NEWS) A Christian apologetics group at the University of Colorado has filed a federal lawsuit against the institution after officials rejected the group’s application for registration because it requires its leaders to be Christians.

According to the lawsuit, the Colorado Springs chapter of Ratio Christi “seeks to advance a biblical worldview, explaining how the Bible applies to various current cultural, moral, and political issues.”

It sees its leadership as “the spiritual leaders of the chapter,” who are “responsible for promoting, guiding, and leading the spiritual health of the chapter and its members; for leading others toward Christian maturity; for teaching faithfully the word of God; and for
teaching, inculcating, defending, communicating, and advocating the chapter’s Christian beliefs.”

However, in 2016, after Ratio Christi applied for registration, which would allow it to use campus space and obtain funding for activities, its leaders were advised during a meeting that the application could not be accepted because its Constitution requires its officers to be Christians.

University officials asserted that the requirement conflicts with the Board of Regents’ non-discrimination policy, which states, “The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy in . . . its educational programs and activities.”

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