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 Sorba’s club approved by the university.

“This is political correctness gone amok. There is no way we are going to let this thing pass,” said the Rev. Louis Sheldon, chairman and founder of the Traditional Values Coalition in Washington, D.C.

Sheldon’s organization plans to lobby the California Legislature. The Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education plans to pressure the university.

“Do the Democrats have to include people into their party who despise the platform of the Democrats? Of course they don’t,” said Greg Lukianoff, the foundation’s director of legal and public advocacy. “Freedom of association means nothing if you are not allowed to exclude people who don’t share your beliefs...

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