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July 28, 2005

Christian group files federal suit against Southern Illinois

From the Associated Press via Belleville News-Democrat...

A Christian student group filed a federal appeal on Tuesday to be reinstated at the Southern Illinois University School of Law, which revoked the group's registered status because members must pledge to adhere to Christian beliefs.

The law school's Christian Legal Society chapter filed the appeal with the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to challenge a federal judge's July 5 decision to deny the chapter's request to have the university to re-establish the its status while its lawsuit goes forward.

SIU claims the Christian Legal Society chapter's requirement that its voting members and leaders adhere to basic Christian beliefs violates the university's affirmative action policy.

But Casey Mattox, the group's attorney, said other student organizations, including those affiliated with political parties, also expect their members to subscribe to certain beliefs and that the society is the only one being singled out....

The Christian Legal Society, based in Annandale, Va., is a nationwide association of more than 3,400 Christian lawyers, law students, law professors and judges with chapters in more than 1,100 cities across the country, according to its Web site. The SIU chapter had fewer than 12 members, Mattox said.

The national group has filed similar lawsuits against other schools and won, but has two other ongoing cases with Arizona State University and the University of California Hastings College of Law, Mattox said.

What's the use of using the title Christian if you aren't allowed to make any distinction in membership. Do they enforce the same idiocy of other groups? If so, what's the point in having different groups? SIU has somewhere around 400 student organizations. Are we to believe not one of the organizations is allowed to limit membership?

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 28, 2005 07:57 AM

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