Today, oral arguments began in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, the case in which a student group at the University of California’s Hastings College of Law is suing for the right to be recognized as a student group (with access to campus resources) and to be able to discriminate based on their religious beliefs (meaning no gays or atheists).
There is a wonderful commentary on Inside Higher Ed today that you absolutely should read. John K. Wilson, founder of CollegeFreedom.org, explains why anti-discrimination policies actually help protect groups like the Christian Legal Society.
I also invite you to revisit my commentary on the issue from December, when we first learned the Supreme Court would hear the case. I make the argument from a students’ right point of view, that a group using students funds and student-funded facilities must be open to all students.
There isn’t much more to say today, but I do have an important question to ask: Where are ACPA and NASPA on this issue?
As two groups built upon a celebration of diversity and who represent the very professionals who promote and maintain inclusive climates on campuses, I find it bizarre that they haven’t spoken out. I think we should expect better from our professional organizations.