Protestant chaplains at Georgetown University, a Jesuit institution, are
believed by some to be so intolerant of the messages of their Fundamentalist and
Evangelical student groups that they have banned them from campus life. The
suggestion is that the university is intolerant of what they perceive of
"University campuses are increasingly becoming the flashpoints of the
battle over freedom of religious expression. The latest battle is at
Washington’s prestigious Georgetown University, a Jesuit school with a
long list of illustrious alumni, where the campus protestant chaplains
have ousted a group of 'conservative' Christian organizations with no
"One of the banned groups includes one with a large Catholic
component of its membership, the well-respected InterVarsity Christian
"David French, a senior legal counsel and director of the Center for
Academic Freedom at the Alliance Defense Fund says the reason for
dumping the groups is that they hold the Christian creed as true and the bible as
inerrant. Reason enough, says French, not to tolerate their
"Georgetown, in its notice to the groups said that after 'evaluating
many areas of Protestant Ministry’s mission,' the university’s
'Protestant Ministry has decided to move in another direction."
"The university said the Affiliated Ministry’s activities would be
banned entirely from campus. All websites linking the ministries to
Georgetown University are to be 'modified to reflect the terminated
relationship. Your ministries are not to publicize in any literature,
media, advertisement, etc. that Georgetown University is or will be an
active ministry site for your ministry/church/denomination'."
"Georgetown includes Catholic, protestant, Jewish, Orthodox Christian
and Muslim chaplains on campus. The issue, says French, author of Guide
to Religious Liberty on Campus, is not a matter of religious conflict,
but of ideological bias."
"French writes, 'The real problem at Georgetown is the same problem
that has plagued campuses across the country: an increasing intolerance for
religious students and student groups (regardless of whether they are
Catholic or Protestant) who take the Bible seriously and seek to live their lives under the authority of scripture'."
"The affected groups include InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
(Graduate), Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, Georgetown Community Church,
Crossroad Campus Christian Fellowship and Asian Baptist Student Koinonia."
"The Washington Post reports that the students have collected 400
signatures expressing dismay at the heavy-handed measure. The groups’
leaders have complained that the campus ministries have become
increasingly 'controlling' in recent years and have asked for signed
agreements not to evangelize. The groups are concerned with the
implications for religious freedom."
"The Post quoted Kevin Offner who said, 'We want the Protestant
groups to have the same rights as the Jewish groups or the Muslim