Appeals Court Says Univ. of Iowa Discriminated Against Religious Groups, Violated First Amendment Rights

An appeals court ruled Friday that the University of Iowa discriminated against Christian student groups over the methods used to select group members and leaders.

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Intervarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship filed a lawsuit against UI after school administrators deregistered them. The groups said the university targeted them for requiring student leaders to sign a statement of faith.

“What the university did here was clearly unconstitutional,” according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. “It targeted religious groups for differential treatment under the human rights policy while carving out exemptions and ignoring other violative groups with missions they presumably supported.”

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Source: CBN