Skip to comments.9th Circuit: University Can Force Christian Groups Open to Non-Christians
Posted on 08/07/2011 5:54:59 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch
A federal appeals court ruling this week could significantly diminish public university religious groups' ability to restrict membership and leadership to students who agree with their teachings.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday (Aug. 2) that San Diego State University (SDSU)'s nondiscrimination policy for officially recognized campus groups is constitutional and does not violate the rights of two Christian groups. The policy is based on a nondiscrimination policy used at all the schools in the California State University system.
The two Christian groups, sorority Alpha Delta Chi and fraternity Alpha Gamma Omega, had sued SDSU in 2005, alleging the policy violated their free-speech and religious-freedom rights. In order for the groups to be recognized as official campus groups, they were required to allow all students to be members, even if their beliefs were contradictory to the group's beliefs.
The three-judge panel disagreed with the groups, stating the policy is a "rule of general application" that is not unconstitutional in its intent. "[We] do not doubt that, regardless of [SDSU]'s purpose in enacting its nondiscrimination policy, the policy will have the effect of burdening some groups more than others," circuit judge Harry Pregerson wrote in the panel's decision. "But the fact that a 'regulation has a differential impact on groups wishing to enforce exclusionary membership policies' does not render it unconstitutional.
Any burden on religion is incidental to the general application of the policy."
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Does this mean any Muslim groups will have to allow Christians, Jews, females, and/or gays...?
Otherwise, I'd worry it might not be overturned :)
Of course you can join a muslim group and disagree with their teachings
Of course, then they slit your throat
“...that is not unconstitutional in its intent...”
The court says you can write policy and rules that are unconstitutional,
as long as your intentions are good.
Then the Black Caucus in Congress better be open to WHITES!
Until it is overturned, however, all gblt groups should be flooded with Christians talking about the utter depravity of man and the eternality of torment in hell. Maybe bring in two or three hundred evangelical students and vote themselves into the leadership positions.
Et tu Brute.
I think I know the answer..... NOT LIKELY.
And so Muslim groups don’t feel picked on, people of faith should rush to join any atheist groups on campus :)
In all fairness, these are sororities and frats. For those types of entities, I think there is court ordered openness all the way around and even ones based on whatever PC protected classes are open to whoever.
I am not saying I agree with the ruling, and some of the wording does seem fishy, but I am not agonizing YET over this ruling.
That ruling is in violation of the constitution...the right to religious freedom...but, then again...who really thinks this government is American anyway?
,,,,,, “ OR THE FREE PRACTICE THERE OF “ ,,, I thought the constitution took care of this type of government intrusion ,,, but then again we’re talking about the commie 9th Circus court .
Yepper- Christians should rush to join atheist and muslim groups and challenge their beliefs
It’s called “evangelizing”!
Christian groups have always been open to nonChristians. The Christians hope to witness the good news. There is no point in doing it to each other only...........this seems obvious.
But what happens when the leadership becomes non-Christian or anti-Christian?
The root of the problem is when Christian assemblies, fraternities, or whatever expect help and encouragement from government. We’re deluded to expect that to be something we can depend on. Look at church history. The tendency is always for the government to compromise and weaken the church, the closer they get to each other. We need to get used to being outside the system.
No, they would be expelled for promulgating hatred.
It is all up to God. If the leadership becomes Satanic, you will follow what God advises...........leave, start another group........God can’t lose you see because Satan was defeated at Calvary......
We can’t be plucked from His hand but we can jump out.
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