Harvard: Stop Discriminating Against Christian Student Group
On February 22, Harvard College put the school's largest Christian student organization on "academic probation." Their crime?
Harvard College Faith and Action (HCFA) is accused of asking a Bible Study leader to resign her position after learning that she was in a same-sex relationship. In other words, Harvard has suspended a Christian organization because the group insisted its student leaders should conform to orthodox Christian standards for sexual conduct.
As an independent and autonomous student organization, HCFA has the right to select its own leadership and set standards for leaders within the organization. Would Harvard force a Muslim student group to retain a student leader who decided to convert to Christianity? Would Harvard force an LGBT+ group to retain a student leader who expressed views critical of same-sex relationships? Of course not.
It should come as no surprise that a religious student organization would set standards for conduct and belief that accord with their mission and principles. In no way should such standards for conduct be considered to violate the school's anti-discrimination policy; HCFA has not discriminated against anyone on the basis of status.
Here's what Harvard's administration just doesn't get: religion isn't just an internal mindset, it's about acting out one's faith in the world.
The real reason for HCFA's suspension is likely because they recently invited a well-respected speaker to discuss her conversion to Christianity and how she left the homosexual lifestyle. LGBT activists have been howling, accusing HCFA of "hate," and demanding that the College shut them down. It's hard not to conclude that Harvard's "probation" of HCFA is ideologically motivated punishment for expressing Christian beliefs, and especially for inviting Jackie Hill-Perry to speak on campus.
Harvard's anti-Christian bigotry is intolerant, non-inclusive, and non-welcoming of diverse opinion. By suspending HCFA, Harvard violates the very values they claim to uphold.
Sign the petition to Harvard's Dean of Students office, asking them to reinstate HCFA and to reverse their probation.
- The Harvard Crimson: College Places HCFA On ‘Probation’ After Group Barred Student in Same-Sex Relationship from Leadership
- The American Conservative: Anti-Christian Harvard
- Boston Globe: Harvard places Christian club on probation
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Reinstate Harvard College Faith and Action