Christian-only Fraternity: It’s all Greek to me

Posted: August 1, 2008 in Above the Fold, IJS, Legal Prejudice, On Your Wall
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Picture it: 1985.

Steve Perry is howling on the radio. Crusing and roller skating are the weekend respites of choice. Parachute pants and Z-Cavariccis are the rage. And there are more feathers in hairstyles than a coifed bird at the zoo.

That’s also the year Beta Upsilon Chi was created on the city-state campus of the mighty University of Texas. So what, right? Well, this is a CHRISTIAN-ONLY fraternity. That’s right, ACLU aficionados, they actually reserve the right to tell someone “NO” based on his faith.

Things have been swell for the nubile frat house – no keggers (at least none that we know of), no late night bail outs from the pokey and most importantly, no law suits.

…Until they showed up at the University of Florida.

The university thought denying the fraternity charter status on campus would be a good idea and go unchallenged. Eh, not so fast.

Beta Upsilon Chi sued UF, leading an appeals court this week to require the university to recognize the fraternity as the case was being decided.

Get that, Wall Watchers, “as the case was being decided.” They’re not out of the woodshed yet, but it looks good except for this rub:

University officials say there’s a major distinction between Beta Upsilon Chi, or BYX, and other religious groups on campus. BYX requires members to be Christians, while other student groups are open to non-believers.

MEMO to the big-heads on campus at UF: Those other “student groups” are largely known as CHURCHES! Yes, a church wouldn’t ask for a “Salvation Card” at the door, and without proper I.D., send someone to the closest school of freethought. If non-Christians didn’t have a home in churches and bible study groups then most non-Christians wouldn’t become Christians in the first place?! Right?

Now before you throw down the cockamamie argument, “Well, what about fraternities like Alpha Phi Alpha?” Wrong. So wrong. If you are white, and have a hankering to join the “HOUSE OF THE SEVEN JEWELS – TOO COLD, TOO COLD,” then get you some. That door is open, although you may be slightly uncomfortable, it’s open to you. (Was my allegiance too obvious there?) And if you know a brother that wants to join Pi Kappa Alpha, cool. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind either.

But when you have a “faith-base,” you can’t begin making Goober Grape. Your peanut butter and jelly have to be separate. And what harm are they causing you anyway? If you don’t want to join, then don’t. It’s like the Boy Scouts. The only people incessantly complaining that it’s unconstitutional are the people (or parents of people) that don’t want to join in the first place. Kapesch?

Keep strong “BUX crew”. The ACLU are coming for you.

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