Faith-based campus groups at U of Iowa: We have right to determine our leaders like others

ADF attorneys file friend-of-the-court brief at 8th Circuit

ST. LOUIS – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys, on behalf of faith-based campus organizations, filed a friend-of-the-court brief Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit that asks it to uphold a district court’s ruling in favor of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. That decision allows each student group on campus to choose leaders who believe in the group’s mission and standards of conduct and not be forced to consider those who don’t. Currently, the university only extends this freedom to non-religious student groups.

Even though InterVarsity Christian Fellowship has been a vital part of the University of Iowa community for 25 years, the university decided to kick the group and other religious groups off campus simply because they wanted leaders that agreed with their respective mission statements. InterVarsity has always welcomed all students to join, but those with a leadership role must share the beliefs of the organization.

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Case Name: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship v. University of Iowa

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