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A/P: Court to hear arguments on campus Christian group

19 April 2010

Does this give anyone déjà vu, all over again?

WASHINGTON – In a case that pits nondiscrimination policies against freedom of religion, the Supreme Court is grappling with whether universities and colleges can deny official recognition to Christian student groups that refuse to let non-Christians and gays join.  

The high court was to hear arguments Monday from the Christian Legal Society at the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law. The Christian group said its constitutional freedoms of speech, religion and association were violated when it was denied recognition as a student group by the San Francisco-based school.

The group has made this argument at several universities around the nation with mixed results. The high court’s decision could set a national standard for universities and colleges to follow when Christian and other groups that want to exclude certain people apply for money and recognition from the school.

Hastings said it turned the Christian Legal Society down because all recognized campus groups, which are eligible for financing and other benefits, may not exclude people due to religious belief, sexual orientation and other reasons.

The Christian group requires that voting members sign a statement of faith. The group also regards “unrepentant participation in or advocacy of a sexually immoral lifestyle” as being inconsistent with the statement of faith.

The 30-member Hastings group sued in federal court after it was told in 2004 that it was being denied recognition because of its policy of exclusion. Federal courts in San Francisco, including the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, rejected the group’s assertions that the law school’s policy violated its constitutional rights.

According to a society news release, it invites all students to its meetings.

“However, CLS voting members and officers must affirm its Statement of Faith,” the release said. “CLS interprets the Statement of Faith to include the belief that Christians should not engage in sexual conduct outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.”


Now, I’m confused.  In this diocese, we’re told constantly that traditionalists and “progressives” can get along, if the traditionalists would only support LGBT people who wish to have their relationships “blessed.”  It seems that in parts of the country outside of Southern Ohio, that this strategy doesn’t work too well.  Why does it work so well in DSO, but nowhere else? 

Maybe the rest of the country isn’t as intellectually gifted as we are here, in DSO.   😉

– Elder

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