Supreme Court ruling on Christian group

The Supreme Court has made one of its seemingly rare decisions that isn’t a load of crap.

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a San Francisco law school did not violate the First Amendment when it refused official recognition of a Christian student group that restricted its membership to those who shared a belief that homosexuality is immoral.

In a 5-to-4 decision, the high court said the University of California’s Hastings College of Law was under no constitutional obligation to recognize the Christian Legal Society (CLS) as an official student group.

Basically, every student group at this law school had to comply with a non-discrimination policy in order to receive any activity funds or other benefits from being an organized group. But, being arrogantly religious, the CLS group thought it ought to be exempt from this policy. One reason was to prevent those icky gays from obtaining leadership roles. Another was the forced promotion of the sexually immature position of abstaining from sex until marriage (students who didn’t adhere to that position were excluded from certain rules, possibly membership). Clearly not the brightest group.

This is a no-brainer. If a group wants funds, it needs to follow the same rules as everyone else; no special rules for religion. Don’t want to be remotely fair to someone because you’re sexually immature? Fine and dandy. But no funds.

Other analysts praised the high court decision. “Religious discrimination is wrong, and a public school should be able to take steps to eradicate it,” said the Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

“Simply stated, the Christian Legal Society sought to ignore rules that every other group complied with,” he said. “The organization sought preferential treatment simply because it is religious. I am pleased that the court said no to that.”

The whole basis of the massive anti-science, anti-equality, anti-sexual maturity, anti-rationality, anti-common sense movement is the Christian religion. (Not that any religion is innocent in most of these matters.) Any steps which help to eradicate its corrosive ability is a good thing.

3 Responses

  1. Forgive me, but yesterday the supreme court was a right wing powerhouse working nonstop to destroy the fabric of humanity.

    Today they did something right?

    We must be talking about 2 different supreme courts. That would explain it.

  2. Or,

    The Supreme Court has made one of its seemingly rare decisions that isn’t a load of crap.

  3. I got that, I was simply being a wise ass. Someone has to do it or it won’t get done.

    Overall I think they do a pretty good job, there can always be improvements. I disagree with some of the recent decisions but that can’t be helped.

    I do think they have made the right move by incorporating the 2nd amendment and also the right move in this case. They did not say that religious organizations can not get funds simply because they are religious just if they are discriminating.

    A good example is catholic schools, by and large, are completely privately funded and are entitled to accept and not accept students as they wish.

    Catholic charities on the other hand (soup kitchens in particular) do an excellent job and many do participate in grant programs and receive grants. I’ve never heard of them discriminating on any grounds except of course for bad behavior or on health grounds. Religious charities in general do an excellent job. Most non-profits of all origins do an excellent job.

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