Univ. of Mich. Removes InterVarsity Chapter from Campus

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InterVarsity Christian Fellowship said this week the University of Michigan has removed its Asian InterVarsity chapter from campus after the ministry refused to drop its religious qualifications for student leadership.

InterVarsity spokesman Gordon Govier said the university wanted the group to revise its constitution to open leadership to all students.

The chapter is one of 10 InterVarsity chapters at the University of Michigan. CBN News has asked the university to comment on the situation but so far has not received a response.

The pressure on college ministries to abandon faith-based leadership requirements has increased since a 2010 Supreme Court decision.

In Christian Legal Society vs. Martinez, the court ruled that a public college may enforce an "all-comers" policy on a religious group without violating the First Amendment, as long as it applies the policy to all campus groups.

Greg Jao, national field director for InterVarsity wrote in Christianity Today last month that the organization has contested the policy on dozens of campuses in the last semester.

Jao said the cases demand substantial time and energy from students and staff. But he also noted that it's been a character-building period for InterVarsity students and has also presented them with new evangelism opportunities.

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