Remember my post awhile back, regarding the Christian Legal Society? They’re the group of Christian lawyers and law students who sued Univ. of California’s Hastings School of Law when the college refused to grant them school-sanctioned status and funding because they discriminate based on sexual orientation.
The Supreme Court of the United States weighed in on the matter yesterday.
I said then that I supported CLS’s right to be a Christian group and exclude non-Christians from the group (and to insist on following Christian ideology, however skewed or selective they may be with its application.) On the other hand, I said that CLS shouldn’t expect school dollars to be used for their group if they would not be open to all tuition-paying and tax-paying students.
The Supreme Court apparently agrees with me. Writing for the majority, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that the school, “…caught in the crossfire between a group’s desire to exclude and students’ demand for equal access, may reasonably draw a line in the sand permitting all organizations to express what they wish but no group to discriminate in membership.”
Damn right. The same freedom of speech that applies to the group saying “We don’t like gays!” applies to all students at the University, and CLS requires that members sign this statement of faith: “Christians should not engage in sexual conduct outside of marriage between a man and a woman.”
In a dissent, Justice Samuel Alito said, “I do not think it is an exaggeration to say that today’s decision is a serious setback for freedom of expression in this country.” His written dissent also represented Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, and Chief Justice John Roberts.
Bullshit, Justice Alito. Freedom of expression goes both ways here: If I can’t be a member of this organization without refusing to agree with its statement of faith that condemns sexual conduct outside of marriage between a man and a woman, then my tuition dollars shouldn’t go to financially support the group.
They can say what they want, and I can say what I want, and neither of us should have to financially support the other.