Christian conservatives at odds with liberal R.I. university

November 23, 2006

Leaders of a conservative Christian student fellowship suspended from using campus resources at Brown University are wondering whether they were singled out for their beliefs.

They’re pressing school officials to explain the punishment. Brown University has not publicly explained why it suspended the Reformed University Fellowship, which is allied with the conservative Presbyterian Church in America.

A Brown spokesman says the group failed to follow university guidelines — but he didn’t say which ones. In an e-mail sent to students, one Brown chaplain complained the group’s leaders were contemptuous, dishonest and generally wasted administrators’ time, patience and energy.

The fellowship subscribes to a denomination that believes in Calvinism, opposes ordaining women and holds the Bible as the inerrant word of God. The student group claims roughly 100 members at Brown.

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