Duke Student Government Senate votes to table a motion to recognize Duke Young Life until it can provide more information about treatment of LGBTQ+ members [#DukeStudent #YoungLife #ChristianOrganization]

Duke Student Government Senate voted Wednesday, September 18, 2019 night to table a motion to recognize Duke Young Life until the group can provide more information about its treatment of LGBTQ+ members.

Young Life, a national Christian organization that already has a presence on Duke’s campus, requested official recognition so that they could hold on-campus meetings.

However, senators took issue with the national organization’s policy denying leadership positions to LGBTQ+ individuals.

“They don’t have a non-discimination clause in their constitution; they have a discrimination clause.”
– Senator Jackson Kennedy, a sophomore

Duke student government rejects Christian group over LGBTQ policy:

Christian student group, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Wayne State University can move forward with religious discrimination lawsuit in Port Huron, Michigan [#IntervarsityChristianFellowship #WayneStateUniversity #PortHuron]

A federal judge in Port Huron, Michigan ruled that a Christian student group at Wayne State University can move forward with its religious discrimination lawsuit against the school

The InterVarsity Christian Fellowship sued Waye State University in 2018 after the school derecognized the group because of the organization’s policy mandating that its leaders must be Christian.

Wayne State argued that the group’s rule violates the university’s nondiscrimination policy. The school said it requires the same policy for Hindu and Jewish campus groups.

InterVarsity filed a 20-count complaint alleging that Wayne State violated its First Amendment rights to free speech and to freely exercise its religious beliefs.

Wayne State recertified InterVarsity 3 days after the group sued March 6, 2018.

Judge lets Christian group pursue suit against WSU:
The Detroit News

School principal, Saleema Bibi abducts Christian student, Faiza taking her to Islamic madrasa to forcibly convert her to Islam in Pakistan [#ForcedConversion #ChristianAbduction #PakistanPersecution]

A school principal in Pakistan is accused of abducting a Christian student and taking her to an Islamic madrasa to forcibly convert her to Islam.

The girl’s father, Mukhtar Masih, filed a complaint at a local police station in the Punjab province after his daughter, 15-year-old Faiza, did not come home from school.

According to Mukhtar Masih, the family contacted the school to ask where their daughter was. It was then that the class teacher told them that the Principal of the school, Saleema Bibi, had taken Faiza to a nearby Islamic madrasa to be converted to Islam.

School principal abducted 15-yo Christian girl in forced Islamic conversion, father says:
Christian Post

Duke Student Government Senate declines to recognize Young Life as an official Duke student group [#DukeStudentGovernmentSenate #YoungLife #ChristianOrganization]

Duke Student Government Senate unanimously declined to recognize Young Life as an official Duke student group at its Wednesday, September 11, 2019 meeting.

Young Life is a national Christian organization that has branches serving middle and high school students in Durham and Chapel Hill in North Carolina.

The group had requested official recognition to recruit and support a greater number of students, as it already has a following on campus.

But Young Life was rebuffed over concerns about the national organization’s policies concerning LGBTQ+ leaders.

At last week’s DSG meeting, senators noted that the national organization’s rule barring LGBTQ+ individuals from leadership positions violates the Student Organization Finance Committee’s guideline that every Duke student group include a nondiscrimination statement in its constitution.

The Senate then tabled the vote to give Young Life members the chance to speak to senators at this week’s meeting.

According to Young Life’s sexual misconduct policy, “we do not in any way wish to exclude persons who engage in sexual misconduct or who practice a homosexual lifestyle from being recipients of ministry of God’s grace and mercy as expressed in Jesus Christ. We do, however, believe that such persons are not to serve as staff or volunteers in the mission and work of Young Life.”

DSG rejects Christian organization Young Life as chartered student group:
Duke Chronicle

Faith-based student group, InterVarsity waiting federal court ruling to determine if it has legal right to decide who leads Michigan chapter [#InterVarsity #WayneStateUniversity #ChristianNewsAndViews]

A faith-based student group is awaiting a federal court ruling that will determine if it has the legal right to decide who leads its Michigan chapter.

InterVarsity sued Wayne State University last year after the school revoked its status as a recognized student group in 2017, citing the “discriminatory” policy that InterVarsity chooses its student leaders who adhere to biblical beliefs.

Becket sued on behalf of InterVarsity in March of 2018, pointing out that other groups enjoy the same right, and the university backtracked, but the lawsuit is asking the Eastern District court to make the allowance permanent.

Christian group asking court for permanent right to be Christian: