Please join me in prayer as InterVarsity Christian Fellowship seeks discernment on the national and local scene regarding how the Supreme Court decision Christian Legal Society v. Martinez applies to our ministry. InterVarsity has an article posted at http://www.intervarsity.org/news/supreme-court-decision-on-campus-ministry.
Below are my initial thoughts on the case followed by some articles of interest.* Feel free to share your thoughts/responses and article recommendations ...
We believe that the Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Association principles of the First Amendment provide that InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Christian Legal Society, and other campus ministries should not be forced to compromise our basic Christian beliefs in order to have the same campus presence as other organizations. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court decision fails to recognize this basic principle. However, over the next few days InterVarsity Christian Fellowship will be receiving further legal opinions on the ruling and its implications. The fact that the decision was remanded back to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals also means that its impact is still not fully known.
When I served at Carnegie Mellon U, although the InterVarsity Undergrad Chapter was recognized by the campus, the Chapter did not receive money from the school because of the religious nature of the organization. This stemmed from a policy that no religious groups receive funding. Although the Chapter secured office space in the new student center in 1996 (Note: they had office space in the previous student center), they were charged a monthly fee for the use of office space. (More)