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Judge rules that Christian student group cannot be punished for requiring its leaders to be Christians

A Christian student group at a United States college in Michigan will not be punished for requiring leaders in the group to agree to a statement of faith, a judge ruled this past Monday.

The group, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Wayne State University, had initially had their official student club status revoked in October 2017 because of the requirement. Without official club recognition status, InterVarsity could not reserve meeting rooms for free or apply for certain campus funding.

The group filed a lawsuit in March 2018 against WSU’s board of governors, board members and administrators. The school then temporarily reinstated the student group but said it still had the right to remove it.

This week, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan Judge Robert H. Cleland ruled that the actions of the university “strike at the heart” of the First Amendment and are “obviously odious to the Constitution.

Sisanda Mpiti.

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