University of Florida Tries to Boot Fraternity That Requires Members to be Christians

Beta Upsilon Chi reject?

The University of Florida is having a hard time keeping out a Christian-only fraternity. The school, recently (and proudly) named America’s top party college by Princeton Review, refused to give Beta Upsilon Chi, also known as Brothers Under Christ or BUCs, status as an official student organization because it requires members to be Christians.

“The University of Florida welcomes all kinds of student groups including those with a religious focus,” said Janine Sikes, UF spokeswoman. “(But) if someone who is a non-Christian wants to join, they should be able to.”

Nah, say the Bucs, who won a partial appeals court victory by forcing the school to recognize the frat while the final ruling is decided.

“All we’re trying to do is get a group of guys who share a common bond in Jesus Christ together,” said Damion Dam, a 20-year-old UF finance/pre-med major and fraternity president.

Is it me, or does that sound…icky?

But anyway, how do guys know if they share your common bond in Jesus if you won’t let them in the door?

What would Jesus do? For starters, He wouldn’t be a Finance/Pre-Med major.

Religious groups at UF walk a tightrope between specialization and discrimination. The Christian Veterinary Fellowship, which conducts mission work in other countries, is an example of an officially recognized group with a religious focus.

“That doesn’t mean that we ask everyone who comes to our meetings whether they’re Christian or not,” said Michelle Bellville, a fourth-year vet student and group president. “We’re open to everyone.”

But she said members are likely to be Christians or searching for religion.

While no one who wasn’t in one cares about fraternities or sororities, there’s a lot at stake here. For starters:

Recognition of the organization will allow it to receive funding from Student Government, use the school’s facilities and advertise on campus.

But it’s more than that.

“It has repercussions for all other religious groups who desire to assemble on university campuses,” [Brett Williams, national board member of BUCs] said.

I hope UF wins.

2 Comments

  • Jess Wonderin
    August 3, 2008 - 11:50 pm | Permalink

    Sounds great, “BUCs” – mow we can get a Sorority going . . . Females Under Christ . . . “FUCs”.

    BUCs and FUCs . . . the ultimate Right Wing DREAM . . .

  • Fun Fundie
    August 5, 2008 - 9:57 am | Permalink

    The comment by the UF administrator doesn’t make sense to me — why should a club that focuses on one thing be forced to accept members who don’t share that one thing?

    It’s like forcing the Sierra Club to admit pro-oil people.

    And secondly,why would a non-Christian /want/ to join BYX in the first place?

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