A Christian fraternity is suing the University of Georgia in federal court, saying the school won’t recognize the organization because it requires its members and officers to be Christians. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, UGA officials said Beta Upsilon Chi, or Brothers Under Christ, violated the school’s non-discrimination policy for organization memberships. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Athens Wednesday by the national Christian Legal Society and the Alliance Defense Fund.


A former BYX member says the university has decided it will recognize the fraternity. In responding to reader comments, he said the organization’s purpose is for “brotherhood and unity among college men based on the common bond of Jesus Christ.” He also says that since the group has a certain purpose it is necessary that its members share common beliefs.
 
According to the AJC, the lawsuit states accuses the university of not being consistent with its anti-discrimination policy by allowing the Baha’i Association to require its members belong to the Baha’i religion. The suit also mentions the Crossway Fellowship Christian Ministry.
 
Christian Legal Society attorney Timothy Tracey says campus Christian groups cannot be singled out for discrimination. “The right of association applies to all student groups on a public university campus,” Tracey said. “The University of Georgia deprives Christian student groups of this right when they force them to open their membership and leadership to students who disagree with their Christian beliefs.”
 
According to the Athens Banner-Herald, staff in UGA’s student affairs office have worked with faith-based and other organizations to make sure their constitutions include anti-discrimination clauses.

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