Faith tests okayed for campus Christian group at ASU
stevenjamar at gmail.com
Wed Oct 19 15:48:36 PDT 2005
A generally applicable law or policy applies generally. So saith the
Supreme Court, or so I thought.
You cannot discriminate on the basis of race, even if you want to
form a white supremacist group. Or if your religion says that you
should as a central belief. Or that it says you should exclude women
from any association with men outside the bedroom. Or whatever.
Now you want an exception from the general rule. That is an exception.
Not all central tenets of all groups need to be accommodated.
Including religious ones.
On Oct 19, 2005, at 6:22 PM, Brad M Pardee wrote:
> No exception is needed. Simply a statement applying to all groups
> saying that groups are not required to accept members who do not
> subscribe to the beliefs central to the mission of the group. That
> would not only protect the ability of campus religious groups to be
> faithful to the tenets of their faith, but it also protects non-
> religious groups, such as ensuring that College Republicans (or
> Democrats) are, in fact, Republicans (or Democrats). Basic freedom
> of association at the very least, not to mention freedom of
> religion for the religious student organizations.
> Steven Jamar wrote on 10/19/2005 04:44:14 PM:
> > On Oct 19, 2005, at 2:00 PM, Brad M Pardee wrote:
> > > Every campus has a percentage of its student body which would be
> > > ineligible for membership in some organizations. Are the College
> > > Republicans required to be allowed to join the College
> Democrats and
> > > serve in leadership? Is a campus pro-life group required to
> > > members who are actively involved in preserving the legal right to
> > > an abortion? Is an organization of Jewish students required to
> > > accept members who are Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist,
> etc.? Of
> > > course not. So why should the Christian organizations be the only
> > > organizations that are forced to accept members who don't
> > > to the group's beliefs?
> > Not so. All organizations are limited on what grounds they can
> > exclude members. Why do those who cry "treat us the same as other
> > groups" now demand an exception?
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