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2050, 12 Nov 16

UW Sued For Discrimination Against Religion

According to UW-Eau Claire, Christ’s own community service would not have counted for graduation.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — A faith-based advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students whose community service doesn’t count toward graduation because it involved teaching religious doctrine at a church.

The university requires 30 hours of “service learning activity” before graduation.

“If the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wants to require its students to perform community service, then it must treat all forms of community service as equally valuable and equally worthwhile.

“This kind of animosity toward religion, this kind of discrimination towards religion, in unconstitutional,” said the Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing the students.

Assistant Chancellor Mike Rindo told WQOW-TV that the university’s guidebook says time spent promoting religious doctrine or worship won’t be counted.

If the goal of the policy is to encourage students to be active in their communities and serve their fellow man, then why would that exclude service through a church? Churches have been serving communities far longer than UW.


2050, 12 November 2016


  1. penquin

    The hours Jesus spent performing community service…such as feeding the hungry and healing the lame…would most certainly have counted for graduation. However, the time he spent sharing his parables and beatitudes would not.

    That’s the reason the students were told the credit wouldn’t count – they were teaching Sunday School, not working in the soup kitchen. Not that there is anything wrong with teaching classes about your personal religion, but it could hardly be considered “serving the community”

  2. Kevin Scheunemann

    Teaching Christ’s perfect love to others is not good community service?

    If they showed women how to get an abortion, that would probably get extra credit.

    UW is too sick to survive. It is showing kids wrong priorities to detriment of society.

  3. Le Roi du Nord

    “UW is too sick to survive”.      Wager??  One of the best public institutions in the country will survive long after you, Kevin.

  4. penquin

    Showing Christ’s love, via actual actions, is most certainly good community service. But teaching & preaching, while it may have some positive effects, is not the same thing at actually doing.

    And ya’ll should be careful what ya wish for…under the rules you wish to see enacted, teaching a class on Anton LeVay or going door-to-door telling people about how great the Flying Spaghetti Monster is would be considered “community service”.


  5. Kevin Scheunemann


    We have 2 kids helping at food pantry—-

    One of food pantry beneficiaries asks them both why they do it.

    1.) says they are doing it for school credit.

    2.) other says they do it because they live the grace of Christ in their lives as a thank you.

    The latter should not get credit?

    As far as Satanist getting credit, we already have that for anyone that gets credit for facilitating pre born baby killing as part of their killing field enabling….I mean “community service”.

    You are telling me Christians can be penaluzed for preaching snd teaching by their actions?

    Or they are to “shut up” if the service is motivated by their faith?

    That is awful….dysfunctional….and hostile toward Christians.

    Not very tolerant at all.

  6. Le Roi du Nord


    You get so wound up in your faux “hostile towards christians” attitude that you missed that you argued against yourself.

    By your own admission both kids are “helping” at the food pantry, that isn’t the same as one actually doing the work and the other preaching at the customers.

    The rest of your comment is just more of the same self-declared persecution complex.

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