The CU I went to at Uni, well it was then, tended to be evangelical and conservative. I don't think any of us were that political, although those of us in the leadership did attend Student Union AGM's and, like all such groupings, there were different shades of opinion within the CU!
So I am a little concerned, to put it mildly, that there appear to be attempts to ostrasize Christian Unions! More can be found on the TimesOnline. (Hat tips to Cally's Kitchen , Iain Dale, and Archbishop Cramner)
Now I will agree to my shame, that some CU's are arrogant, stupid, and ignorant, but from first hand I can state that a lot of this comes from fear and defensiveness and this kind of action will only encourage that. To be fair though, a lot of Student Unions can equally be arrogant, intolerant, bigoted and ignorant, and I am sure a lot of that comes from fear and defensiveness as well. Some of this is down to a perception that Christian Unions are homophobic, so those who agree with these moves against University Christian Unions should ask themselves why someone like Iain Dale, who is gay and very comfortable with his sexuality, is quick to defend the right for a Christian Union to exist! Yes many evangelical christians do not agree with homosexuality and some of this is down to sheer ignorance about what it means to be gay. But many of those are simply trying to equate their experiences of life with Biblical teaching and, in spite of their tactlessness and ignorance, would be among the first to leap to the defence of any gay person they felt was being actively persecuted, because they have the maturity to tell the difference between inclination and practice even if they cannot understand how awful and difficult it is to be attracted to someone and not to act on those feelings! Wouldn't it be better to discuss these issues with them in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust, rather than each side trying to do the other down! When I was at University, Tammy and I developed this intruiging atmosphere of regard and trust for each other, where I could talk about what being a Christian meant to me and she could mention what being gay meant to her, and how we both felt about fitting in society, without fear of judgement and we both benefitted from that.
And Iain has a point about Islamic societies! When I was involved in an evangelism drive at University! I heard some of the most bigoted comments ever to come from a students mouth was from a radical muslim! It was so bad I wonder where he is now and whether he was one of those who went to help Al Qaeida! But of course, it's easier to pick on Christians who are well meaning, but crassly insensitive at times, opposed to those who might incite violence against you if you cross them!
UPDATE: Thanks to Gregg and Jonathan (see comments) for clarifying the situation