Christian group denied recognition at UNC-Greensboro
bp51414 at windstream.net
Thu Mar 1 22:12:35 PST 2012
>From what I understand and have learned from being a member of this list,
I'm thinking that, assuming the news story is accurate, there are three
lines that would seem to undermine UNC-Greensboro's position.
1) "UNC-Greensboro's nondiscrimination policy includes an exemption for
student organizations that select their members based on a shared set of
2) "Tedesco said 'Make Up Your Own Mind' has a clear religious mission and
purpose and requires its members and leaders to agree with its statement of
faith and beliefs about the value of innocent human life."
3) "However, the university contends that the club is not affiliated with a
church - and therefore doesn't meet their criteria for exemption."
Am I correct that the exemption in their policy separates this case from the
Hastings case and that, apart from any free exercise or freedom of
association claims, this one fails to pass the Establishment Clause
requirement because of the entanglement inherent in the picking and choosing
of what qualifies as a religious organization based on whether or not it is
affiliated with a church?
P.S. And if I haven't said it before, let me give my thanks to the members
of this group for allowing this non-academic layman to sit among them and
learn from them.
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