Exeter CU suspended
'Christian Union takes legal action over suspension'
Friday January 5, 2007
A Christian Union suspended from using student facilities at the University of Exeter is taking legal action against the student guild under the Human Rights Act, it emerged today.
The Exeter CU was suspended from the official list of student societies, had its student bank account frozen, and was banned from free use of student guild premises because Exeter's student guild claims the CU constitution and activities did not conform to its equal opportunities policies.
The rest from the Guardian article is here.
I mention this not because I want to make any value judgment but because a) I was at Exter for a short time and, obviously, many theology students were in the Christian Union and b) this debate could presumably spread across the country. I know several Christian Union members at Sheffield so this could be a upcoming problem. The Christian Union students I know have explained to me the splits and politics involved with the CU and related groups (all to do with evangelicals and charismatics, right?) and, if I remember rightly, I'm pretty sure that the CU remain the biggest Christian student group, and probably one of the biggest student union groups. Anyway, the whole issue seems to have a number of the usual tensions surrounding free speech and liberalism that will be present across the UK universities and it may well be worth watching to see what happens with this one.