Wednesday, December 16, 2009

UC Hastings Law School v. Christian Legal Society: about discrimination, or about beliefs?

Here’s an interesting editorial in the Los Angeles Times “Christian Legal Society vs. UC Hastings School of Law”, Dec. 15, 2009, link.

The Christian Legal Society, requiring its members to abstain from sex outside of heterosexual marriage, is challenging the UC Hastings refusal to give it the same recognition as other student groups. Hastings maintains that the group effective discriminates against both non-Christians and gays. But is the group really being excluded because of discrimination or because of the beliefs of its members. Is it just an abstract question? Is it a First Amendment question?

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