An injunction request in federal court by the Alliance Defense Fund that would temporarily reinstate Alpha Iota Omega Christian fraternity as an official student organization at UNC is a ridiculous affront to the spirit of free discourse that should take place in a university setting.
The fraternity, whether or not members realized the implications of their actions, gave up recognition as an official student organization when it refused to sign a nondiscrimination clause required of all student groups. The fraternity lost access to facilities and the ability to apply for funds taken from student fees.
By signing the clause, AIO would have been compelled to accept non-Christians as members, which it said would run counter to its evangelical mission.
But the rules for student groups at UNC are flexible enough for AIO to pursue its mission without having to discriminate. The fraternity was wrong in its decision not to sign the agreement, and ADF is wrong to seek this injunction that would reinstate the fraternity's status during the court proceedings.
Fraternity members don't need outside intervention to accomplish any of their goals. Nothing is barring the three members of the fraternity from meeting informally. They could easily do so in one of the many open spaces on campus.