A lawsuit filed against the University of Iowa is pitting the right of freedom of religion against the alleged rights of gay activists. In today’s liberal courts, chances are the non-constitutional gay rights will probably win over the constitutional right of freedom of religion. That’s the way America is these days.
At the University of Iowa, there was a Christian group known as the Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC), but the university has suspended the group’s activities on campus, prompting the lawsuit.
BLinC says they will let anyone become a member, but leadership of the group must affirm and adhere to a statement of faith, composed of a number of biblical principles and that’s the problem that has the university suspending the group. The statement of faith, takes the biblical stand that homosexuality is a sin and therefore, no one can hold a leadership position and be a homosexual.
According the university, that stand against homosexuality and the group’s leadership is a violation of the school’s Human Rights Policy and the Iowa Civil Rights Act. Consequently, BLinC is not allowed to use any campus space for meetings, nor are they to participate in campus recruitment fairs nor do they have access to funds from the student activity fund.
BLinC believes that the First Amendment clearly gives them the constitutional right to practice their Christian faith and hold their leadership to biblical standards. The group says they don’t want anyone who cannot adhere to the statement of faith, teaching others or leading prayer as it would be wrong.
The issue came to a head last year when Marcus Miller filed a complaint with the university because he was denied a leadership role when he refused to agree to the statement of faith, which states that members must embrace their God-given sex and:
“Every other sexual relationship beyond this is outside of God’s design and is not in keeping with God’s original plan for humanity.”
Jeneane Beck, spokeswoman for the university says that the statement of faith section of adhering to God-given sex and barring any sexual activity outside of God’s original plan is discriminatory and is not inclusive of others, thus being in violation of policies.
Eric Baxter, attorney with Becket Fund for Religious Liberty commented on the school’s actions, saying:
“Every organization to exist has to be able to select leaders who embrace its mission. You would never ask an environmental group to have a climate denier as their leader. It’s the same thing here.”
“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.”
“If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.”
In Romans 1:18-32, we are told 3 times that a nation under God’s judgement is turned over to their sins of lust, dishonoring passions, unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness and exchanging natural relations for those contrary to nature – men giving up natural relations with women for un-natural relations with men.
Jesus never taught anything contrary to Leviticus. In Matthew 19:3-9, we read how Jesus answered about marriage and divorce:
“And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, ‘Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?’ He answered, ‘Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So, they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.’ They said to him, ‘Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?’ He said to them, ‘Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery’.”
If any group, club, organization or church wants to call itself Christian and adhere to biblical truths and principles, then they have to look at homosexuality and any sexual relationship outside of marriage as being a sin and treat it accordingly. They should never allow anyone who does not adhere to biblical principles to teach, preach or lead prayer.
BLinC is right in standing up for their biblical principles which were once protected by the First Amendment, but sadly, in today’s America, the Bible carries no authority and constitutional rights are no longer protected, but are being stripped away, lawsuit by lawsuit.