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Ernst Challenges Biden’s Unconstitutional Attacks on Religious Student Groups

Faith continues to be a target for the Biden administration, with college campuses serving as their battleground.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) joined her Senate colleagues in support of the Equal Campus Access Act of 2023 to ensure religious student organizations will not face discrimination on college campuses.


“The Biden administration continues to target individuals of faith, with college campuses serving as their battleground. Religious freedom is a pillar of our nation, a value worth fighting for, and a right our constitution guarantees. I will not stand idly by watching the Left slowly pick away at our liberties through bureaucracy and political games,” said Senator Ernst.


The legislation is supported by Cru, Christian Legal Society, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, Jewish Coalition for Religious Liberty, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA), National Association of Evangelicals, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Coalition for Jewish Values, Religious Freedom Institute, Seventh-day Adventist Church—North American Division, Reformed University Fellowship, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), Concerned Women for America LAC, 1st Amendment Partnership, ReJOYce in Jesus Campus Fellowship, FOCUS, Christian Medical & Dental Associations, Coptic Medical Association of North America (CMANA), Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society/Asian American Christian Fellowship, The Impact Movement, Inc., American Principles Project, Sigma Alpha Omega Christian Sorority, Inc, Fellowship of Christian University Students (FOCUS), Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Kansas Family Voice, The FAMiLY Leader, Association of Christian Schools International, Queens Federation of Churches, Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), Michigan Catholic Conference, US Navigators, Young Life, and Catholic Medical Association.


Following the Biden administration’s proposed rule to roll back protections for religious student organizations, Ernst joined a public comment letter to urge the Department of Education to reverse course and instead keep the Trump-era Religious Liberty and Free Inquiry Rule in place.