‘There Is A War On God': NC House Passes Bill Prohibiting Universities From Denying Facilities, Funding For Religious Groups
CHARLOTTE (CBS Charlotte) – A measure was passed by the North Carolina House that prohibits university administrators from denying facilities, funding, or recognition to political or religious groups on the basis that they are exclusionary.
Governor Pat McCrory has yet to sign the bill that was based by both chambers of legislature in the state.
“Our society is engaged in an ongoing cultural battle,” state Rep. Bert Jones, the bill’s primary sponsor, said to Campus Reform. “There is a war on God…Unfortunately these efforts have been extended to our campuses.”
Opponents to the bill claim that it gives student groups too much power in allowing discrimination against those who do not agree with their views.
Multiple lawsuits would come against universities with the passage of this bill, state Rep. Alma Adams stated. But Jones countered that it’s the state’s right to reaffirm the rights of students on campus.
“We need to make clear that just because a student decides to attend our public schools and universities … that does not somehow mean that the student forfeits his rights to the university,” Jones explained. “This bill also recognizes that there is an important difference between education and indoctrination coercion.”
The bill is in response to Christian groups that have been stripped of their student organization status because students weren’t allowed to become leaders in their organization if they didn’t share the same beliefs.
Last Wednesday, the bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 78-37. Democrats cast all 37 votes against the bill.