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What’s the Problem with a Christian Dorm?

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A new Christian dormitory at Alabama’s Troy University has proven highly popular with students but provoked a threatened law suit from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Initiated by a Catholic organization on campus, and built entirely with private funds, the new dorm nonetheless angers militant separationists because it’s an official residence hall at a public university. The critics insist that Christians who choose to live together in the same campus housing, complete with regular bible study in the lobby, deserve less chance to select their own affinity group than gays, African-Americans, transgendered youth, Latinos, militant feminists or even honor students who have organized their own designated dorms on campuses across the country.

Yes, the First Amendment means Christians can’t be singled out for special treatment – but that means no especially harsh treatment just as much as it means no unique benefits.

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  1. gigi  •  Oct 11, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    It seems many of those groups loathe Christianity and Christians. Why should they care about their separateness. Actually, I think it would have been more productive for the residence to be open to students who don’t want haram’s in their dorms, Jersy Shore style sex—-eeeewww, and, even immature and nasty (disease-prone), behaviors. The Christian residents probably want to get away from the animal house atmosphere in co-ed, etc dorms. Can’t say as I blame them. Would love to see other non-Christian students assert some values to reject lewd commonly accepted behaviors and be more mature moral individuals, and stand up to be counted for that

  2. Bruce Zittlow  •  Oct 14, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    gigi may have a good idea. If the students simply promoted residents who eschewed drinking, worldly pursuits, etc., they would wind up with just what they have: a dormitory with religious Christians, Jews and other sympathetic groups. And the Freedom from Religion crowd would have to go suck eggs.

  3. jguy  •  Oct 20, 2013 at 4:43 am

    It seems amazing to me that anyone can have any “affinity group” in any state supported
    institution…..is this not the definition of segregation? If you can have one you should be
    able to have all….but why have one? Just live together and get along…..isn’t that part of
    what America should be about? Can there be a “euro-american” affinity dorm if there
    is an “afro-american” affinity dorm? Can there be a “muslim” affinity dorm if there is
    a “christian” affinity dorm? Just throw everybody together like back in my college days
    before all of this “affinity”. We called this kind of thinking what it is…..that which proceeds
    from the posterior of an overfed bull.

  4. John  •  Oct 24, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Well, why don’t those groups raise funds and build their own dorms for gays and whoever else feels that it would be good to have a dorm full of gay men and women >.>

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