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Today, among other decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the “public” Hastings Law School in California can deny recognition to the student run Christian Legal Society because they deny membership to students who do not share their beliefs. Specifically, members are held to a “statement of faith” prohibiting “fornication, adultery, and homosexual conduct.”
My best advice for the group and others like it is to drop the words “homosexual conduct” from your “statement of faith.” You’ve got fornication and adultery in there. Arguably any kind of sexual conduct between any two people outside of marriage is included in that set of no-nos. Since you’re at a public school, why don’t you play it smart? If people at your meetings want to bend these rules, evangelize them. This is a public school. You’ve got to play by at least some rules. Although the rules the school wants is that all groups must admit “all-comers,” the “comers” you don’t want in your group are less likely to “come” if you leave out incendiary words in your by laws. Let the school go to the Supreme Court and ask you to let in “fornicators and adulterers.” They wont.
If you want to go to a Catholic law school like I did, you’re allowed to do more with your religious goals, but you will also have my student loan bills, which you are welcome to.Published in