InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Defends Decision to Exclude Student Pro-Life Group from Missions Conference While Embracing Black Lives Matter


InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is defending its decision to exclude a student pro-life group from its recent conference in Illinois while allowing a speaker who talked about the controversial Black Lives Matter movement.

Earlier this week, OneNewsNow reported that two pro-life groups – Students for Life and Rock for Life – were excluded as exhibitors at the Urbana15 student missions conference. Students for Life spokeswoman Kristan Hawkins took issue with the fact that, in contrast, the conference devoted an evening to Black Lives Matter. Hawkins also said the speaker, Michelle Higgins, disparaged the pro-life movement during her talk.

InterVarsity spokesman Greg Jao tells OneNewsNow that Students for Life was excluded because the group doesn’t fit the criteria established for exhibitors. Groups allowed to participate, he says, must have a “clear religious identity” and a “clear religious mission,” and have an opportunity for students to participate in the group.

Asked about dedicating time to the Black Lives Matter at the conference, Jao says most InterVarsity students are non-white. “For our students,” he says, “these are real daily concerns. So to have that issue addressed is relevant.”

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SOURCE: OneNewsNow
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