Vanderbilt Reviews Policy Affecting Christian Groups

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Vanderbilt University is holding a campus meeting Tuesday night over its requirement that Christian student groups comply with its non-discrimination policy.
   
According to the policy, any student must be able to seek leadership positions in campus-approved organizations.
    
Christian groups like InterVarsity Christian Fellowship say the policy violates their right to be led by fellow believers who share their views.

"We love the university environment, and we welcome all students and faculty into our chapter activities at Vanderbilt," Jim Lundgren, senior vice president and director of Collegiate Ministries for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, said in a letter.

"However, it is essential that InterVarsity student leaders be committed Christians who understand their faith as they seek to lead their peers," he added. "No organization of any kind can survive without leaders committed to its basic beliefs."

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship is asking for prayer "in support of religious freedom at Vanderbilt."

Meanwhile, Vanderbilt has placed Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, along with three other campus faith groups, on provisional status until they comply with the school's policy.

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