Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Supreme Court to Hear Very Important Case

A case coming before the Supreme Court could have reverberations throughout Universities, churches, and organizations in the USA.  The court case will determine whether Christian organizations at public universities have the right to determine their membership.  More details on the case:
The Christian Legal Society, a national law-student group, has a clause in its constitution prohibiting executive members from engaging in sexual conduct outside of a traditional marriage — including homosexuality.

The clause has generated controversy across the country and at the UI.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case Christian Legal Society v. Martinez. The court’s decision will decide whether a public university’s law school may deny funding to a student organization requiring its officers and voting members to agree with its core religious viewpoints even it goes against university policy.

The decision will affect all chapters.

The justices agreed to hear an appeal from members from the chapter at the University of California-San Francisco after the school refused to recognize the society because it did not abide by its universitywide policy barring discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The UI has a similar clause in its Human Rights Policy.

Supporters of the society say the members have the right of expressive association, or to choose who to allow in their group to make sure their leadership is compatible with its message.

“It’s completely unreasonable — and unconstitutional — for a public university to disrupt the purposes of private student groups by forcing them to accept as members and officers those who oppose the very ideas they advocate,” Gregory Baylor, a lawyer with the Alliance Defense Fund Center for Academic Freedom, said in a press release.

1 comment:

Dave said...

I'm praying for SCOTUS to make the right decision on this (especially Justice Kennedy - he will be the swing vote on this). Even so, I have this feeling that if the ruling is not to their liking, the colleges will say, "So Justice Roberts has ruled, so let him enforce it", and be defiant to a level unseen since Governors Wallace and Faubus during the Civil Rights Movement...