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Flap raises dilemma of refusing to tolerate intolerance

Re Group’s faith rule stirs clash at Tufts” (Page A1, Nov. 13): The current situation at Tufts University, in which an evangelical Christian student group could be stripped of its official status for requiring that its leaders adhere to the faith, illustrates the dilemma of refusing to tolerate intolerance.

Sincerely held religious beliefs, being constitutionally protected, are a lightning rod for this type of controversy — witness the recent flap over insurance coverage for women’s health services. Yet freedom of religion should not obligate any institution to extend to religious organizations accommodations or privileges that it does not extend to nonreligious groups.

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