One can easily lose count of all the ways and places and cases in which Christians are being persecuted and discrimated against in the world today. Even in America, it’s one of the last acceptable forms of intolerance. So this headline was a head-turner…

UC-Davis policy defines religious discrimination as Christians oppressing non-Christians. I had to read it twice.

An Alliance Defense Fund allied attorney sent a letter to the University of California at Davis Wednesday on behalf of more than 25 students who object to a policy that defines religious discrimination as Christians oppressing non-Christians.

What?

To state the obvious…

“Christians deserve the same protections against religious discrimination as any other students on a public university campus,” said ADF Senior Counsel David French. “It’s ridiculously absurd to single out Christians as oppressors and non-Christians as the only oppressed people on campus when the facts show that public universities are more hostile to Christians than anyone else.”

No kidding.

So after ADF stepped in, this update was released.

The University of California at Davis agreed Wednesday to either revise or eliminate its problematic definition of religious discrimination that characterized Christians as oppressors of non-Christians.

(a jarringly ridiculous thought)

“Christians deserve the same protections against religious discrimination as any other students on a public university campus. It’s very good to see officials at UC-Davis agree,” said ADF Senior Counsel David French. “Anti-Christian discrimination is an epidemic on American university campuses, and that’s what made the UC-Davis definition ridiculously absurd. We wish that more universities would be as proactive in addressing such concerns as UC-Davis has been here.”

…correcting something embarrassingly reactionary and incoherent.

The UC-Davis policy defined “Religious/Spiritual Discrimination” in its “Principles of Community Glossary” as “The loss of power and privilege to those who do not practice the dominant culture’s religion.  In the United States, this is institutionalized oppressions toward those who are not Christian.”

However this temporary lapse in sanity occurred, the university was quick to address it.

A letter from the university received Wednesday explained that the webpage containing the glossary “has been taken down to permit further review of the terms used there and their continuing utility” because the religious discrimination definition “is not in keeping with the aspirations of the campus community or our Principles of Community…. If the glossary returns, this definition will be appropriately revised.”

Kudos for the quick responsiveness at UC-Davis, before the real discrimination got any further out of hand.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....