Bible Study Ban

I found the following in a news story from WZZM 13 in Grand Rapids, MI dated 11/15/2005.

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire bans resident assistants or RAs from leading Bible studies in their own dorm rooms. University officials say some students may feel uncomfortable around RAs in charge of Bible studies.

The controversy began on July 26, when the University’s Associate Director for Housing and Residence Life sent a letter saying RAs could not lead Bible studies in their dorms at any time. The letter was sent to RAs who were members of the Student Impact religious group who led Bible studies on their own time, in their own rooms. The letter also added Koran and Torah studies would be similarly prohibited.

Officials at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire asked the attorney general for her opinion yesterday to see if she thought the ban was constitutional. But a spokesman for Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager said her office has not had a chance to review it yet.

I wonder if the students could say that “some students may feel uncomfortable around professors in charge of classes” or “some students may feel uncomfortable around students who do not want to study the Bible, Koran, or Torah,” or “some students may feel uncomfortable around the University’s Associate Director for Housing and Residence Life,” would the professors, students who do not want to study the Bible, Koran, or Torah, or the Associate Director get banned?

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