After purge, campus ministry to change its name

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Tom Lin, 43, a Chicago native, Harvard grad, successful church­ planter in Mongolia, will take the corner office on Aug. 10 at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the national ministry to 40,200 university students, based in Madison, Wisc. Photo courtesy of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Tom Lin, 43, a Chicago native, Harvard grad, successful church­ planter in Mongolia, will take the corner office on Aug. 10 at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the national ministry to 40,200 university students, based in Madison, Wisc. Photo courtesy of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

MADISON, Wis. (RNS) Purges just aren’t very Christlike. That’s the conclusion one of the most popular religious groups on college campus announced this morning after news of its internal purge of dissidents was leaked to TIME Magazine.

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship will now take the name InterVarsity Fundamentalist Fellowship, effective immediately.

The InterVaristy purge, which senior staff have been planning for several years, targets staff who believe in the equality of all students and include LGBTQ Christians in “all students.” Interim InterVarsity president Jim Lundgren and president-elect Tom Lin issued the following statement, obtained exclusively by The Literalist:

We admit that purges are more associated with Vladimir Putin than Jesus. We feel we must take this action against the family and friends of LGBTQ Christians who refuse to submit to this new mandate, even though it didn’t exist when they started working for us.We are compelled to take drastic action, even while we fear that history never looks kindly on purges. (Especially when done in the name of God.)

We will drop the Christian part of our name and replace it with the more honest “Fundamentalist.” This is the only just way to exist after the purge.

Millions of college students hear about us on campus. We don’t want them to be confused. If the average student heard “Christian,” they would not expect to encounter an organization that purges staff for disagreements, especially when the staff are standing up for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

Jesus brought “the other” into community, while we’ve decided to double down by throwing “the other” out.

Jesus broke the religious boundaries of his time, while we are now a case study in how religions institutionalize and abandon their values.

Jesus died on the cross for us, while we’re continuing to nail people to crosses.

If you’re a straight college student with no LGBTQ relatives, no LGBTQ friends, and no ethical objection to targeting LGBTQ folks for persecution, you probably don’t exist. But if you do, we hope you will join us at InterVarsity after the purge.