Supreme Court hears case on Christian student club

The Supreme Court heard a case this week involving the First Amendment rights of the Christian Legal Society and whether or not it's lawful for public schools and colleges to deny Christian groups the same recognition or benefits that are offered to other campus organizations which are secular.

The case hinges on the fact that the society maintains a membership clause that requires members to sign a statement attesting to their Christian Faith.  As a result, they've been denied recognition by the University of California's Hastings College of Law in (you guessed it) San Francisco.

As one can imagine, the Court is "divided" along the usual liberal/conservative lines, with newly added Justice Sotomayor seeming to come down on the "liberal" side of things and taking the position of the school's right to dictate policy.  On the other hand, Justice Scalia pointing out that the school's policies would "require this Christian society to allow atheists not just to join, but to conduct Bible classes...", adding that "That's crazy".

It should also come as no surprise that the National School Boards Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principles, etc., filed friend-of-the-court briefs on behalf of Hastings Law School.  It seems that the fact that not allowing a religious group to discriminate on the basis of its faith makes absolutely no sense is lost on them.  Or perhaps it's not...which would say even more about them and their motives.

If such logic is adopted by the High Court here, how soon before some enterprising (and litigious) liberals look to apply it in terms of Christian schools and church hiring practices?

("Not long" is the correct answer...)


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