Faith-Based Dorms Under Fire For Alleged Christian Bias, Dedication Proceeds

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By Catalina Trivino

Troy University is officially unveiling its newest addition to campus, the university's new faith-based dorms.

The new dorms are the first of it's kind in Alabama, but as the dedication was held, some people are questioning whether the public university can have a faith-based dorm on its campus...

Twelve dorms are located at Troy University -- but none quite like this one.

It's called the Newman Center: The university's faith-based dorms.

More than 100 people celebrated the opening of the 376-bed residence hall with a dedication, followed by a blessing a blessing.

Representatives from the the Catholic Archdiocese of Mobile say it's a chance for college students to share values with one another.

"These dorms give a special opportunity for young people who want to have discussions with different people of different backgrounds about values and philosophies and beliefs," Said Thomas Brody, Archbishop of Mobile.

"We're just so happy to be able to have the Newman center to be able to have an open dialogue and perhaps a refreshing one, as well, about what people really believe and what it means to be a person of faith in this world," Said community director of the Newman Center, Kelsey Burgans.

And while they say living there will enable students to grow personally and professionally, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), a non-profit organization, is investigating the faith-based dorms and whether they violate fair-housing laws and constitutional provisions when it comes to separating church and state.

A letter sent to the university earlier this month says, "Troy University's housing website advertises the Newman Center as faith-based housing, and says 'preference will be given to students who maintain an active spirtual lifestyle and maintain an active engagement in a campus faith-based organization.' This advertisement evidences a preference for religious students at the expense of non-religious ones, a violation of state and Federal housing laws."

But if you go to the university's website, it says the requirments to live in the Newman Center are maintaining a 2.5 GPA, being respectful of diversity, doing community service, refraining from alcohol or illegal drugs in the building, and going by the standards of what the school refers to as the "Trojan Way."

So far, there's no word on whether the school has responded to the letter, which asks for a response on what the university plans to do to adress the FFRF concerns.

Alabama News Network will keep you updated on the latest as it becomes available.

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Apostatic said on Monday, Aug 19 at 10:53 AM

It is nice to see these deep woods fanatics distract attention from their Boll Weevil beetle worshiping.

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