Christian student group kicked out of California's San Jose State University

One of the most important attributes of a democracy is the existence of autonomous groups and associations — self-governing groups formed by citizens which are independent of the state.
These groups range from the important to the mundane, from the political (such as political parties and labor unions), to the economic (e.g., chambers of commerce), religious (churches, synagogues, and mosques), and social (e.g., Boy Scouts, book club, bikers’ club). Autonomous groups and associations also proliferate in America’s colleges and universities, including sororities and fraternities.
If you’re a Muslim campus group, can you imagine your university’s administration telling you that your group’s officers can’t be Muslims and must include Jews? Or if your group is vegan, can you imagine your university telling you that you can’t require your group’s leaders be vegan, and that its officers must include meat-eaters? And if you don’t do what the administration says, the university would “de-recognize” your group, thereby denying your group of student funding and a campus presence.
That’s exactly what the administrators of San Jose State University in San Jose, California are telling a Christian student group, Ratio Christi (Latin for “the Reason of Christ”), an alliance of Christian student apologetics.
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Christian News Wire reports, Dec. 17, 2014:

The Ratio Christi chapter at San Jose State University received a letter from the university stating that the club has been “de-recognized.” In the letter, school officials explained their actions to be in compliance with a new California State University Executive Order regarding how an organization selects its officers.
Ratio Christi, like many other campus Christian organizations, requires that chapter officers adhere to the Christian faith and biblical beliefs. This means that non-Christians, or Christians who do not feel it is necessary to follow New Testament principles as a guide for their daily lives, are not eligible for officer positions in the group. The State of California now deems this as “discriminatory” and punishable by de-recognition.
“Colleges and universities should be encouraging student leadership, not stifling it,” said Ratio Christi President Rick Schenker. “All college students, including religious students, should have the right to form groups around shared beliefs and choose leaders who reflect those beliefs without being shut down and kicked off campus. Imagine the College Democrats being required to have a Republican student leader, or the local chapter of PETA being required to have a meat-eating leader. The results of the Cal State policy are simply ridiculous.”
In their letter to the SJSU Ratio Christi chapter, school officials explained the consequences of being “de-recognized,” a list that ranged from not being eligible for student funding and financial services to not being allowed to participate in student organization fairs, ceremonies, or training.
Ratio Christi welcomes and invites all students to attend campus meetings. Atheists have attended the meetings. However, as a Christian student-led group, there are certain criteria for obtaining and maintaining leadership positions within the chapters, namely a faith in Jesus Christ and a lifestyle that is consistent with biblical principles. In order to be reinstated, Ratio Christi would have to give up their freedom to choose their own student leaders in accordance with these beliefs.
“Anyone is free to join the Ratio Christi chapter at San Jose State University, and these students should be able to independently choose leaders that embody the purpose of the club, not the ideology of a few college officials,” Schenker said. “The message the school officials are sending is a deeply disturbing one, and paints a grim outlook for the future of true education in this country.”
Ratio Christi is currently consulting legal counsel regarding this matter.
Ratio Christi Website: ratiochristi.org
Media Inquiries: John Stewart, Ratio Christi International Director, 657-201-1151 or johnstewart@ratiochristi.org. Mr. Stewart is also an Allied Attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).

H/t California Catholic Daily

Mohammad Qayoumi

Mohammad Qayoumi


The President of San Jose State University is Mohammad Qayoumi. Here’s his contact info:

Tower Hall 207
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0002
Ph: (408) 924-1177
Email: mo.qayoumi@sjsu.edu

 ~Eowyn

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marblenecltr
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It is part of the educational program. It promotes learning the ABC’s, the modern version. Anything But Christian. Qayoumi, what would you like to do, change the name of San Jose by replacing “Jose” with your first name? Can officers of Muslim clubs avoid the five pillars plus jihad plus whatever they may want to avoid in sharia?

TrailDust
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TrailDust

“Mohammad Qayoumi!” I smell the distinctive odor of creeping sharia. Thank you for this post, Dr. Eowyn.

Kelleigh
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Trail Dust has it spot on, but the MSM never see the “discrimination” of Islamists and Arabs….and bet me if this was a Muslim outfit, they’d be allowed to follow their own precepts and doctrines without state interference…but not those who worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and His Son, Messiah Jesus.

marblenecltr
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When will Jerry Brown get his honorary degree?

Josey Wales
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Josey Wales

The Christian students should demand to hold offices in the Jewish and Muslim clubs. Ruin the “PC” clubs and maybe someone will stop this insanity.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Does he insist upon these standards with muslim groups? Somehow, I think not…

mzwarrior1
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mzwarrior1

Thank you for this story. I know all too well about Islam and the Quran; the things said, promoted, and perpetuated in that book are vile. And Does Not reflect the Love, and Warmth of Our Savior Yaheshua HaMashiach. I do not believe Qayoumi is qualified for this job, and this story proves his bias. That is grounds for Termination.

DCG
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Just another “higher education” system promoting their version of tolerance.

marblenecltr
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I believe college presidents are appointed for fund-raising abilities rather than scholarly talent, and I suspect that Qayoumi is getting a great amount of money from Islamic sources. Just sayin’.

Nickname
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Nickname

is the board itself in compliance? You know, include Christians, Conservatives, Constitutionalists, Patriots or Sarah Palin, etc.?

Mongoose
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Mongoose

Your response should be simple and easily understood. Do a little research and find the membership strength of a group, I suggest a muslim, and a gay, organization. Join, they can’t by their rules keep you out without having (by lawsuit probably) allowing you to do the same. Run candidates in their elections, overwhelm their voting majority and begin writing rules you know they won’t like.
After all they believe in democracy (the original tyranny) so give it to them.

G Muller
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G Muller

Re:” One of the most important attributes of a democracy is the existence of autonomous groups and associations — self-governing groups formed by citizens which are independent of the state.”
Then why would the group even care whether or not it is recognized by a Commie university? They should revel in the rejection!

marblenecltr
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And the university is government-managed with our tax dollars with the goal of teaching/training/molding the minds of a generation that will some day run this country. Into the ground. Even deeper than it is now.

joe
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joe

Mohammad Qayoumi is absolutely mindless. Perhaps its time to make him headless….. remove him as head of the university.

Evan
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Just join a Muslim club and bring a pork dish to the potlucks.

James
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James

” The results of the Cal State policy are simply ridiculous.” — This is true since no other group are affected by such a rule. Only this group ! Every other group can vote in their very own leadership as those who will represent their mission statement, or otherwise be voted out.

Nay Sayer
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Nay Sayer

Just a matter of time before the mooslim hoards are kicking in your door and raping your family as they slit your throat till your head falls off. Just sayin.

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Makes me not want to go here