California State University at San Bernardino: Refusal to Recognize Christian Group

Category: Religious Liberty
Schools: California State University – San Bernardino

California State University at San Bernardino (CSUSB) has refused to recognize a Christian student organization for requiring its members to live according to the group’s religious faith. The Christian Student Association at CSUSB contacted FIRE for help after the university said that the group’s statements on faith and sexual morality were “not permissible.”

  • California Tells Christian Club it Must Admit Non-Christians and Homosexuals

    January 2, 2006

    A new Christian club at California State University–San Bernardino was recently denied official recognition by the university because it required its members to adhere to Biblical principles of morality. Some of these principles, as explained by the student organizer, Ryan Sorba, include abstaining from premarital sex and homosexual relations. Sorba says that in order to join his Christian group, a student must adhere to the teachings of Jesus Christ and strive to avoid sinful behavior. According to Cal-State San Bernardino President Albert Karnig, these membership restrictions violate Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. This law states, “No campus […]

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  • FIRE: California School Curtails Christian Students’ First Amendment Rights

    December 27, 2005

    A spokesman for the advocacy group known as the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) says California State University at San Bernardino is discriminating against a Christian student group in a way that has become all too common on college campuses across the United States. California State University – San Bernardino is refusing to recognize a campus Christian Student Association (CSA) for requiring that its members be Christians and adhere to the group’s statements of faith and sexual morality. The university claims that by trying to maintain its evangelical identity, the CSA is discriminating against non-Christians. However, FIRE’s legal […]

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  • Campus Left to Christians, Conservatives: Shut Up!

    December 24, 2005

    By Mark Tapscott at Townhall.com Scratch many of the administrators in charge on American campuses these days and you often find a neo-Stalinist who has no hesitation about suppressing views that deviate from leftist orthodoxy. If you doubt me, try supporting Christianity or conservatism in a public way in the ivy covered groves of American academe. Take California State University at San Bernadino, for example, where administrators refuse to charter the Christian Students Association because the group thinks its members should be professing Christians. Imagine that! The group ‘would not be required to admit members who did not support the […]

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  • Rights threats come from all directions

    December 20, 2005

    President Bush should quit his legally unauthorized eavesdropping on Americans, and no one should argue, as some conservatives have, that there is an understanding buried deep in the Constitution that grants him the privilege of doing whatever he darned well pleases if we are involved in a war. This understanding is buried so deep that, to detect it, you have to go into a trance-like state of imagining that constitutional language implies meanings contrary to what that language actually states. Give it up, friends. But the leftists who are contending this abridgement of law is the final proof of Bush’s […]

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  • University rejects Christian student group

    December 20, 2005

    A state university in California refuses to recognize a Christian student organization because it requires members to live according to the group’s religious faith. The Christian Student Association at California State University at San Bernardino submitted a constitution pledging it will not discriminate on the basis of “race, color, national origin, gender, or physical disability” but reserve the right to restrict membership based on religious beliefs and sexual orientation, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE. In October, however, a university administrator said although the group “would not be required to admit members who did not […]

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  • SoCal university denies charter to Christian group

    December 20, 2005

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.—California State University, San Bernardino has refused to allow a Christian group to organize on campus, saying it would discriminate against non-Christians and homosexuals. The Christian Student Association’s proposed constitution included a statement on sexual morality and required members and officers to be Christian. State law prevents student groups at public universities from excluding people based on religion or sexual orientation. “We are not permitted to charter them under Title V,” said Christine Hansen, director of student leadership and development in the office of Student Affairs. She was referring to a section of the state education code. Ryan […]

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  • California State University 2, Christianity 0

    December 20, 2005

    For the second time in two weeks, Christianity is on the losing end of a decision made by officials from the California State University system. Some students from Cal State at San Bernardino have been told that forming a Christian group is “not permissible” at the university because it restricts membership based on religious beliefs and sexual orientation. Last week, an administrator from Cal State at Sacramento banned decorations pertaining to Christmas and the 4th of July, among other holidays, from her office because, she said, they represented “religious discrimination” and “ethnic insensitivity.” In the San Bernardino case, the Christian […]

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  • CSUSB group drawing notice

    December 20, 2005

    SAN BERNARDINO—Ryan Sorba says officials at Cal State San Bernardino are discriminating against Christians by withholding resources from his student group, which prohibits non-Christians and homosexuals from becoming members. School officials say Sorba is the one being intolerant and the school is simply following California law. “This is about whether or not the First Amendment is allowed to exist at Cal State San Bernardino and whether or not Christians are allowed to exist,” said Sorba, who also is president of the College Republicans. The case has caught the attention of a few national organizations, which Monday began campaigns to have […]

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  • Christian group denied Cal State charter

    December 20, 2005

    Cal State San Bernardino has denied a Christian student group’s request to organize on campus, saying the organization would have discriminated against non-Christians and homosexuals. “For us, this has nothing to do with discrimination,” Ryan Sorba, who worked to organize the Christian Student Association, said Monday. “This has to do with people being in the club who are Christian.” Every student group organized at Cal State San Bernardino must meet certain requirements, said Christine Hansen, director of student leadership and development. According to state law, student groups at public universities cannot exclude members based on religion or sexual orientation. The […]

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  • Cal State vs. the Constitution

    January 5, 2006

    There seems to be a real case of Peter Harveyism developing out at California State University–San Bernardino (CSUSB). What is “Peter Harveyism,” you ask? You’re looking at a case of Peter Harveyism when a state official cites state regulations in order to defend an incoherent and unconstitutional policy. Peter Harvey, the attorney general of New Jersey, became infamous within FIRE when his office sent us a letter defending William Paterson University’s persecution of student employee Jihad Daniel for “harassment” because he sent a private e-mail expressing his religious opinion of homosexuality in response to an unsolicited e-mail advertising the showing […]

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  • The War on Christians (and Muslims)

    December 27, 2005

    There has been a lot of talk the past few months about the “war on Christmas,” by which people generally mean the replacement of the religious symbols and language of Christmas with secular language and symbols of the holidays. This is often extended into an argument that there is a growing cultural hostility to the public observance of religion in general and Christianity in particular. It’s not in FIRE’s mission to address these issues with regard to society in general—we leave that to the dozens of groups and thousands of individuals who engage in extended disputes about this every year—but […]

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  • Cal State’s Spineless Defense

    December 20, 2005

    FIRE’s case at Cal State San Bernardino is making national headlines today. An Associated Press piece is running across California, and the San Bernardino County Sun, the Riverside Press Enterprise, and several other media outlets have published their own stories on Cal State’s assault on religious liberty. FIRE’s own Greg Lukianoff has also been taking to the airwaves all day. All the news articles will continue to be archived on our case page, and if you peruse them, you’ll see one thing over and over: Cal State’s exceedingly lame justification for its actions. It goes a bit like this: Cal […]

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  • Cal State San Bernardino Spikes Christian Student Group

    December 19, 2005

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., December 19, 2005—California State University at San Bernardino (CSUSB) has refused to recognize a Christian student organization for requiring its members to live according to the group’s religious faith. The Christian Student Association (CSA) at CSUSB contacted the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help after the university said that the group’s statements on faith and sexual morality were “not permissible.” “Time after time, college administrators have robbed students of their fundamental freedoms of association and religion, so CSA’s situation sadly comes as no surprise,” remarked FIRE Director of Legal and Public Advocacy Greg Lukianoff. […]

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