University of Iowa kicks out Christian student group over required pledge to follow Biblical teaching

The University of Iowa has kicked a Christian student group from its campus for asking its leaders to make a pledge to adhere to Biblical values, which includes avoiding "sexual immorality.

(REUTERS / Koh Gui Qing)School mascot Herky the Hawk stands in front of the Old Capitol Museum at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Iowa, U.S. May 22, 2016.

The Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC) has filed a religious discrimination case against the University of Iowa for pulling its registration over a student's complaint about not being selected as a leader because he was openly gay. The Christian group could lose a lot of benefits including recruitment and access to funding and school facilities, The Washington Times detailed.

The BLinC leaders are all required to uphold its faith statement, which includes performing their tasks "without the greed, racism, sexual immorality, and selfishness that all too often arise in business, political, and cultural institutions." However, the group explained that the openly gay student's request was turned down because of his rejection of its core ideals.

"BLinC declined the student's request because he expressly stated that he rejected BLinC's religious beliefs and would not follow them," the Christian student group said in a statement.

In a similar situation, an Oxford college banned the Christian Union from its freshers' fair, as it said the faith-based group would only alienate students from other religions. The organizer said other pupils might feel unwelcome in Balliol if the Christian group were to be given a stall, The Telegraph reported in October.

The ban sparked criticism among students, with some accusing the college of violating the Christian group's freedom of speech and religious liberty. University lecturer Dr. Joanna Williams also slammed the move as a form of intolerance being disguised as inclusion.

Balliol's Junior Common Room committee vice-president, Freddy Potts, initially said they want the freshers' fair to be a secular environment. However, he later said a multi-faith stall would be put up at the event for religious societies in the school. Christian Union representatives were not allowed to attend or give out pamphlets.