DURHAM – With so many universities dotting the landscape across North Carolina, one doesn’t have to look very hard to find examples of ‘Woke Culture’ enforcement by faculty or students alike. Last week’s example occurred at Duke University, where the Christian student organization Young Life was denied official status on account of the group’s views on sexuality. Namely, that the Christian group has the audacity to promote heterosexual relationships based on their religious doctrine and biology itself.
From Religious News:
“The decision by the Duke Student Government Senate on Wednesday (Sept. 11) comes amid ongoing clashes nationwide between religious student groups and colleges and universities that have added more robust nondiscrimination policies.
Young Life, like many evangelical groups, regards same-sex relations as sinful. Its policy forbids LGBTQ staff and volunteers from holding positions in the organization.
The student newspaper the Duke Chronicle reported Thursday that the student government senate unanimously turned down official recognition for the Young Life chapter, because it appeared to violate a guideline that every Duke student group include a nondiscrimination statement in its constitution. ” […]”
The guideline, according to the student government, would have Young Life change their existing policy to accommodate the alphabet soup of protected classes in its hiring and service positions. When Young Life refused, their appeal for official recognition was rejected.
Yet while the social justice majors at Duke University will undoubtedly be quick to write off this Christian organization as homophobic bigots, at least publicly so they can remain in woke fashion, the group’s actual response to the issue as anything but bigoted.
The Young Life policy states: “We do not in any way wish to exclude persons who engage in sexual misconduct or who practice a homosexual lifestyle from being recipients of ministry of God’s grace and mercy as expressed in Jesus Christ. We do, however, believe that such persons are not to serve as staff or volunteers in the mission and work of Young Life.”
You might wonder if this is a violation of the group’s First Amendment rights, but remember this is a private institution. As such, the Duke’s free association gives it more leverage. Still, the entire ordeal is paradoxical in that the woke social justice warriors that serve in student government are, in the name of anti-discrimination related to views on sexuality, discriminating against Young Life for their views on sexuality.
All made more ironic still by the fact that it’s all happening at an institution founded and profoundly influenced by Methodists, with its charter dictating the two thirds of the trustees be appointed by the church. And here they are rejecting a student group whose mission is spread that faith.
You can’t make this stuff up. Read more about the Christian student group’s rejection, and the reaction, here.