Last week I told you about Harvard University’s decision to penalize its biggest campus Christian group over its position on marriage and sexuality. A few days later, religious liberty law firm Becket announced it had filed suit against Wayne State University in Detroit on behalf of another Christian group kicked off campus over the same issue.
The dispute didn’t last long. Two days after Becket filed its lawsuit, the school relented, reinstating InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. The lawyers representing the students aren’t sure yet whether the change is permanent.
“It’s good that Wayne State saw the light after it felt the heat,” said Lori Windham, senior counsel at Becket. “But after putting these students through the runaround for months, a last-minute change of heart is hardly enough. This kind of official religious discrimination should never happen again. And Wayne State needs to return the thousands of dollars it charged the student group.”
Becket’s on a roll fighting public colleges and universities that try to force Christian groups to abandon faith-based leadership requirements. But private schools present a bigger challenge because they are not held to the same government standards for free speech and religious liberty. —L.J.