Public University Awards Credit for Volunteering at Planned Parenthood but not for Teaching Christian classes

A public university in Wisconsin is awarding credit to students for volunteering at Planned Parenthood presentations yet simultaneously refusing to award students credit for volunteering teaching classes to children in a Christian environment.

Students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire are required to serve 30 hours of service learning in the community. The College Fix  reports that according to the university’s undergraduate catalog, the service-learning requirement is “intended to provide students with an opportunity to serve their community, apply knowledge gained in the classroom, enhance their critical thinking skills and become informed, active, and responsible citizens.”

In the past, the requirement has been met by students attending a lecture at Planned Parenthood, but the university refused to count time that Alexandra Liebl and Madelyn Rysavy spent teaching young children about the Catholic faith. In addition, Liebl and Rysavy spent time assisting the kids with improving their reading skills, understanding Latin phrases, and learning more about Biblical history.

The university claimed that such acts were not service-learning but rather religious proselytizing and refused to count the time and reward credit to the two students.

Lifesite News reported that:

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) agreed with the students and filed a legal complaint alleging their constitutional rights were violated because “no public university should ever use a community service program as a vehicle to advance and instill anti-religious bias.”

“No public university should ever use a community service program as a vehicle to advance and instill anti-religious bias,” said ADF Legal Counsel Travis Barham, in a press release by ADF. “If the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire wants to require its students to perform community service, it must treat all forms of community service as equally valuable. The Constitution and federal court precedent prohibit it from targeting religious community service and denying students credit for it. That kind of animosity toward and discrimination against religion is unconstitutional.”

One Comment

  1. I would never hire anyone who volunteers at Planned Parenthood so their college degree won’t get them a job if I do the hiring. I also would not hire prior girl scouts either. There are many volunteer positions and activities that would point out the qualities I do NOT want in an employee and there are also many volunteer positions and activities that indicate qualities that I WOULD want in an employee. Not only that, I would prefer to work with someone who I feel would be someone I would enjoy working with. …ie…a good match. People who think that Planned Parenthood or the Girl Scouts are good things would have a very different attitude than myself and I’d rather work with someone who has similar attitudes than someone who has additudes that I deplore. So…..a college degree won’t get you anywhere with some people like me. The education is not as important as having a moral character and/or having enough in common that working together would be a pleasure or at least not something that makes me feel like I’d be better off not going to work.. I may have to work with people who aren’t fun to work with…but if I have an option….I will always choose the one that is a pleasure to work with.


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