Posted by: Democratic Thinker | September 1, 2009

Texas A&M Reconciles First Amendment Question

The Alliance Defense Fund issued a press release last Friday stating that officials with the Department of Student Activities at Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University have come to an agreement with the Freshman Leaders in Christ student group to allow them to continue as usual. See excerpt:

Texas A&M: Christian club may remain Christian

Letter from ADF attorneys results in recognition of student club
Friday, August 28, 2009, 8:30 AM (MST) | ADF Media Relations | 480-444-0020

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — After receiving a letter from the Alliance Defense Fund Center for Academic Freedom written on behalf of a Christian student club, Texas A&M officials agreed Thursday to continue recognizing the group as an official university student organization without forcing it to abandon its core beliefs and purpose. The university agreed with ADF attorneys that forcing Freshman Leaders in Christ (FLiC) to open its membership to non-Christians—or lose its recognized status on campus—would violate the group’s constitutional rights.

“More universities should follow Texas A&M’s lead and acknowledge that Christian students shouldn’t be discriminated against because of their beliefs,” said ADF Litigation Staff Counsel Joseph Martins. “Texas A&M worked closely with ADF to evaluate the university’s policies and come to the correct conclusion that FLiC has a constitutional right to maintain a membership of Christian freshmen in keeping with the group’s purpose.”

(See complete press release at original site)