Virginia Law Protects Campus Religious Groups

FIRE notes that The Student Group Protection Act has passed in Virginia, ending, in one state at least, left-wing activists’ practice of penalizing campus religious and ideologically-oriented groups with which they disagree. Under some college anti-discrimination rules, student Evangelical groups have been defunded or forced off campus for not allowing the election of leaders who reject the group’s belief that homosexual behavior is immoral. In theory, the new law would also allow liberal groups not to accept conservative leaders.

At Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, 13 religious groups have been forced off campus by the “all comers” rule that all students are eligible for membership and leadership in all student groups. The religious groups say they cannot be led by students who do not share or profess their group’s faith.


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