Banned Christian fellowship allowed to meet on Ohio campus, for now

March 4, 2009

A Christian fellowship group that was denied registration from Wright State University in Ohio because of its faith-based policies has now been granted recognition by campus officials - for now that is.

Representatives of Campus Bible Fellowship received an e-mail Monday evening from the university's director of student activities that they would be reinstated for the remainder of the school year.

"It told us that that CBF was reinstated - that we could meet and schedule rooms and that all rights and privileges are restored for rest of school year," Gary Holtz, who oversees the chapter, told The Christian Post.

While Holtz was pleased with the decision, he said he anticipates the same roadblock in May when the group has to register for the Fall.

"The problem," he noted, "is that come May we have to go back and go through the same process. I anticipate that we're going to run into the same thing before, the same issues."

The Christian fellowship, which offers one-on-one and group Bible studies, has not been allowed to meet on Wright State campus in Dayton, Ohio, since Jan. 30. CBF representatives reported that the Office of Student Activities rejected the group because of its requirement that voting members "accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior" and because the group refused to accept "nondiscrimination" language that would eliminate a requirement that voting members maintain religious and behavioral standards...

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