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July 1, 2001
Dartmouth Christian group "intolerant" for barring Mormon student leaders
It's almost amazing to link to a religion-on-campus controversy not involving homosexuality. Weblog regulars may remember the controversy at Tufts University last fall, when Tufts Christian Fellowship was chastised for denying a lesbian student a leadership position. Now Dartmouth's Summer Christian Fellowship is facing similar charges of discrimination for barring a Mormon student from club leadership. The club, which is sponsored by the school's Asian Christian Fellowship, Campus Crusade for Christ, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Navigators, and a nondenominational Christian group called Provision, receives no college funding. Nevertheless, it is officially recognized by the school, and the college's official spiritual life department has launched an official investigation. "Believing that Jesus is our savior who saved us by grace and believing in the Holy Trinity, by prescribing to those beliefs and holding onto that is not intolerant because that is truth," Kari Limmer, one of the club's leaders, told The Dartmouth. "But I can understand … that it was perceived as intolerance, and I think it wasn't handled well by all of us."
"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth." That commandment has caused an awful lot of trouble over the centuries. Around 726, Byzantine Emperor Leo III started ordering his soldiers to smash icons of Christ. This caused bloody riots and protests, but didn't end the controversy. The Seventh Ecumenical Council tried to settle the issue, but debate continued. Protestants ...