Thursday, March 02, 2006
Inside Higher Ed reports today that the University of Wisconsin system has announced a plan to allow Resident Assistants to conduct Bible studies in their dormitory rooms, reversing an earlier policy. The term "Bible ban," though attention-getting, was never really accurate. The only "ban" was on RAs conducting Bible studies in their dorm rooms. The same RAs were not restricted from conducting Bible studies elsewhere, and students who were not RAs were not restricted from conducting Bible studies in their dormitory rooms.
The prohibition was based on the notion that dormitories are state-owned facilities, and RAs are state employees. According to University of Wisconsin System President Kevin P. Reilly, the proposed policy, which he supports, simply allows RAs to do what any other students are allowed to do.
The debate is not over!
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