Sunday, October 7, 2012

Religious Freedom - #4276 - Yale May Refuse to Recognize Christian Fraternity Over Requirement That Members Believe in Jesus Christ (2) Atheists Lose First Amendment Legal Challenge to Pennsylvania's 'Year of the Bible Declaration' - The Blaze (3) Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy Reiterates Gay Marriage Stance in New Interview 'We Support Biblical Families' - The Blaze

Universities may be well-intentioned when they create non-discrimination policies, but to the chagrin of some free speech advocates and religious conservatives, the restrictions that often result are problematic. TheBlaze has already extensively covered this issue as it has played out on the Vanderbilt University campus. Now, a similar drama is unfolding at Yale University, where a new Christian fraternity may be denied recognition — and funding — over its requirement that male members believe in Jesus Christ. World on Campus has more about the battle that Beta Upsilon Chi (BYX), a national fraternity with a new chapter at Yale, is facing: “Just days after the leaders of Beta Upsilon Chi (BYX) announced the Yale chapter’s formation, the student newspaper reported that the group ‘will have to change its membership rules if it intends to comply with Yale’s anti-discrimination policies.’” According to the Yale Daily News, the campus’ student-run newspaper, undergraduate groups must adhere to the university’s “equal opportunity policies.” This essentially means that, aside from accepting same-gender sports teams and select clubs, every organization is banned from discriminating based on sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation. In the case of BYX, the religious clause presents a problem.  Read more........

Atheists Lose First Amendment Legal Challenge to Pennsylvania's 'Year of the Bible Declaration' - The Blaze -Atheists technically lost their legal battle, challenging Pennsylvania’s “year of the Bible” declaration. That said, there’s a light at the end of the non-theistic tunnel, as the judge, despite ruling against secularists, also chastised state politicians for pandering to the electorate. In February, the foundation for the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s (FFRF) legal battle was set after the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution (H.R. 535) declaring 2012 the “Year of the Bible.” Naturally, this riled non-believers, causing them to publicly protest what they saw as a discriminatory breach of the separation of church and state. “This nation faces great challenges that will test it as it has never been tested before … and renewing our knowledge of and faith in God through Holy Scripture can strengthen us as a nation and a people,” a portion of the declaration read.  Read more.......

Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy Reiterates Gay Marriage Stance in New Interview "We Support Biblical Families' - The Blaze - Regardless of where one stands on social and political issues, there are two facts that most can agree on when it comes to Chick-fil-A: The fast-food chain cooks up delicious chicken dishes and — controversy. Earlier this summer, proponents and opponents of the company’s stance on traditional marriage came out of the woodwork in shows of both protest and support. But last weekend — after months of relative silence from Chick-fil-A — president Dan Cathy made his Biblical views on marriage known, once more. In his first interview since the furor over his stance on gay marriage captivated headlines, Cathy told WXIA-TV’s Matt Pearl that Chick-fil-A supports “Biblical marriage.” The controversial comment was made during an event at the Cathy family ranch. While the company’s president was initially careful with his words, he ended up reiterating a claim similar to the one that sparked the initial controversy. “Families are very important to our country,” Cathy said. “And they’re very important to those of us who are concerned about being able to hang on to our heritage.” It is his next statement that will likely cause additional angst. “We support Biblical families, and they’ve always been a part of that.” Read more.........

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