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Christian students ‘facing discrimination’ November 25, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in anti-Christian, Card, Christian, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, freedom of expression, UK.
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Christian students at many British universities are facing “considerable opposition and discrimination”, church leaders have claimed.

Bishops from the Anglican and Catholic churches say students’ rights of “freedom of expression, freedom of belief and freedom of association” have been violated by student guilds who have changed their anti-discrimination provisions.

In a letter to The Times, which cites guilds at Exeter, Birmingham and Edinburgh as examples, they condemn the practice as “intolerant and unlawful” and call upon all Christian unions currently suspended by student associations to be “reinstated with full rights as a student society forthwith”.

The letter has been signed by numerous church officials, including the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey of Clifton, and The Right Rev Crispian Hollis, Roman Catholic Bishop of Portsmouth and lead Bishop of Higher Education.

Other senior figures from groups such as the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship and the Christian Medical Fellowship have also added their signatures.

Whilst the letter acknowledges that university guilds and associations have a responsibility to ensure societies are run properly, it claims they do not have the right to “restrict or change the essential beliefs of those societies, or impose as leaders people who do not share those core beliefs”.

It says Christian Union (CU) meetings are open for all students to attend and, as faith-sharing organisations, people who do not share the faith are specifically invited. No restrictions are placed on who can and cannot join.

But, as the CU’s executive committee acts like “trustees”, responsible for ensuring donated funds are only used to further stated objectives and that the purpose of the union is advanced, it would be “inappropriate” for those who do not agree with the union’s beliefs and aims to become committee members.

C.a.r.d {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: Telegraph.co.uk

 

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