Univ. Changes Policy Calling Christians 'Oppressors'

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A school-wide policy at the University of California Davis that accused Christians of discriminating against other faiths has been changed.

University officials agreed Wednesday to revise its "Principles of Community" document following complaints from Christian students who felt they were unfairly being targeted.

The school defined religious discrimination as, "The loss of power and privilege to those who do not practice the dominant culture's religion. In the United States, this is institutionalized oppressions toward those who are not Christian."

"I certainly can see how a Christian student reading that definition might feel, and that's why it was immediately disabled and taken down," said UC-Davis associate executive vice chancellor Raheem Reed. "This is not how we define religious discrimination."

The Alliance Defense Fund -- a Christian legal group -- wrote a letter of objection to the school on behalf of more than two dozen students.

ADF senior counsel David French called the policy "radical political correctness run amok."

"If a Muslim or a Hindu student faces discrimination, well then they're fully protected by the [university's] principles of community," he said. "It's a really astonishing, biased viewpoint [and a] discriminatory, unconstitutional, unlawful policy."

The university apologized for the policy, saying Christian students shouldn't have been singled out.

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