Friday, November 16, 2018

Christian Student Group Sues University For Registration

A suit was filed in Colorado federal district court this week by a Christian student organization at the University of Colorado that was denied registered status because it requires its officers must share and personally hold its Christian beliefs. It also requires prospective members to agree with and promote the organization's purposes. Registered status gives an organization access to student activity fees. The complaint (full text) in Ratio Christi at the University of Colorado v. Sharkey, (D CO, filed 11/14/2018) alleges:
[The University] has promised to register Ratio Christi only if the group changes its leadership and membership criteria. That is, Plaintiffs must agree to abandon their rights to free speech, free association, free exercise of religion, freedom from unconstitutional conditions, due process, and equal protection to access campus resources available to all other student organization.
ADF issued a press release announcing the filing of the lawsuit.