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    Re: Court: Christian group can't bar gays [and] get funding

    Quote Originally Posted by roughdraft274 View Post
    With Hastings College being private (at least I believe it is) why would 4 justices deny their right to fund or defund whatever groups they want?
    Hastings is a public, state-sponsored school. It is part of the University of California system.

    I do not like this ruing, it sends a message that the state will determine who a group can like and who they cannot. The groups that the state decides are liking who they want them to like are getting the funding and a unfair advantage over the groups who are not. It violates the Freedom of Association Clause and the Equal Protection Clause.

    This is repression of speech, religious and political, and the state should not set these kinds of standards. It plays favoritism.
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    Re: Court: Christian group can't bar gays [and] get funding

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    This is where I feared it would become a too used and abused to oppress groups that the school disagrees with ideologically. It would be a double standard to refuse to fund/acknowledge a Christian group that doesn't accept gays, and then do the opposite to a gay rights group that doesn't accept Christians.
    A few key points:

    1. These groups are not entitled to being funded and recognized by the University.
    2. I'm not aware of any gay activist group that doesnt' accept Christians, mainly because most of the gays in the US are Christian. But even if that seemingly improbable thing did actually occur... so what? It's the Universities decision to recognize them or not. The ruling is not preventing groups from discriminating. It's allowing the Universities discretion in who they choose to fund. A University can still choose to fund and recognize a Christian group that excludes gays. They aren't being told not to fund and rocognize these groups.
    3. If hypocricy occurs, so be it. Make it known amongst the gay-hating Christian community and then they can make the choice to boycottt the school.
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    Re: Court: Christian group can't bar gays [and] get funding

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex View Post
    Hastings is a public, state-sponsored school. It is part of the University of California system.

    I do not like this ruing, it sends a message that the state will determine who a group can like and who they cannot. The groups that the state decides are liking who they want them to like are getting the funding and a unfair advantage over the groups who are not. It violates the Freedom of Association Clause and the Equal Protection Clause.

    This is repression of speech, religious and political, and the state should not set these kinds of standards. It plays favoritism.
    These groups are not entitled to University money. No rights are violated.
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    Re: Court: Christian group can't bar gays [and] get funding

    I do hope schools across the country stop giving special benefits to individuals and specific housing for grouping of students that participate in continued and repeated gender discrimination in leiu of this ruling.

    All those vile sexist discriminating greeks.

    I'm unsure how I feel about this ruling in honesty.

    In this specific, singular instance, I in general like it.

    In a broader sense though, I side with the 4 dissenting justices. Its a vast slippery slope and essentially is setting up a position where PUBLIC schools using PUBLIC funds can discriminate against groups whose message or means it dislikes in regards to the awarding of PUBLIC funds.

    Unless this is somehow enforced across the board in Public colleges, IE ANY group that has ANY form of discriminatary entrance or rules regarding any kind of protected group be is gender, sexual orientation, race, etc is forced to be unable to gain any perk. This means if there's an african-american focused club on campus it would not be allowed funding if it did not allow white members, if there is a muslim group that limits the role women can participate in the group they would not be allowed funding, and if there's a christian group that bans homosexuals they wouldn't get funding. It opens up far to much of a slippery slope to allow public universities to pick and choose which discrimination they wish to allow and which they want to condone with the use of Public Funds.

    So its one of those situations that on a micro level I agree with but on a macro level I disagree.

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    Re: Court: Christian group can't bar gays [and] get funding

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    I do hope schools across the country stop giving special benefits to individuals and specific housing for grouping of students that participate in continued and repeated gender discrimination in leiu of this ruling.

    All those vile sexist discriminating greeks.

    I'm unsure how I feel about this ruling in honesty.

    In this specific, singular instance, I in general like it.

    In a broader sense though, I side with the 4 dissenting justices. Its a vast slippery slope and essentially is setting up a position where PUBLIC schools using PUBLIC funds can discriminate against groups whose message or means it dislikes in regards to the awarding of PUBLIC funds.

    Unless this is somehow enforced across the board in Public colleges, IE ANY group that has ANY form of discriminatary entrance or rules regarding any kind of protected group be is gender, sexual orientation, race, etc is forced to be unable to gain any perk. This means if there's an african-american focused club on campus it would not be allowed funding if it did not allow white members, if there is a muslim group that limits the role women can participate in the group they would not be allowed funding, and if there's a christian group that bans homosexuals they wouldn't get funding. It opens up far to much of a slippery slope to allow public universities to pick and choose which discrimination they wish to allow and which they want to condone with the use of Public Funds.

    So its one of those situations that on a micro level I agree with but on a macro level I disagree.
    So you want a federal mandate instead of state and local control?

    Interesting.

    Maybe I can help those uneasy about this ruling:
    The Christian group was arguing that denying them funding was a violation of their first amendment rights. To rule in their favor, you'd have to set the precedent that religious organizations are constitutionally entitled to public funding.
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    Re: Court: Christian group can't bar gays [and] get funding

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    I do hope schools across the country stop giving special benefits to individuals and specific housing for grouping of students that participate in continued and repeated gender discrimination in leiu of this ruling.

    All those vile sexist discriminating greeks.

    I'm unsure how I feel about this ruling in honesty.

    In this specific, singular instance, I in general like it.

    In a broader sense though, I side with the 4 dissenting justices. Its a vast slippery slope and essentially is setting up a position where PUBLIC schools using PUBLIC funds can discriminate against groups whose message or means it dislikes in regards to the awarding of PUBLIC funds.

    Unless this is somehow enforced across the board in Public colleges, IE ANY group that has ANY form of discriminatary entrance or rules regarding any kind of protected group be is gender, sexual orientation, race, etc is forced to be unable to gain any perk. This means if there's an african-american focused club on campus it would not be allowed funding if it did not allow white members, if there is a muslim group that limits the role women can participate in the group they would not be allowed funding, and if there's a christian group that bans homosexuals they wouldn't get funding. It opens up far to much of a slippery slope to allow public universities to pick and choose which discrimination they wish to allow and which they want to condone with the use of Public Funds.

    So its one of those situations that on a micro level I agree with but on a macro level I disagree.
    I agree with you on principle however, like you, I like this ruling in this instance. However, in academic microcosms, the faculty already has plenty of measures to do exactly what you are afraid of without needing to use public funds to do it. But I see your point, totally and will confess that I support this decision because of the specific issue it was ruling on.

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    Re: Court: Christian group can't bar gays [and] get funding

    Quote Originally Posted by texmaster View Post
    Nothing in that statement says sexual orientation must be considered.

    You are generalizing to include something that was never stated.
    Equally nothing in that statement that says sexual orientation should not be considered.

    So it will be up to how the SCJs interrpret the law.

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    Re: Court: Christian group can't bar gays [and] get funding

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Maybe I can help those uneasy about this ruling:
    The Christian group was arguing that denying them funding was a violation of their first amendment rights. To rule in their favor, you'd have to set the precedent that religious organizations are constitutionally entitled to public funding.
    Or you know, are constitutionally entitled not to be treated different than other groups simply due to their religious beliefs.

    But I'm sure your spin works better for your argument so naturally that's the only true way to view it

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    Re: Court: Christian group can't bar gays [and] get funding

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    Or you know, are constitutionally entitled not to be treated different than other groups simply due to their religious beliefs.

    But I'm sure your spin works better for your argument so naturally that's the only true way to view it
    I think maybe some legislation that defines the level of adherence to government mandated anti-discrimination practices for a group based on how much of their total funding comes from the government.

    For instance: Christian group A gets 90% of its funding from public money. Can you really consider it a private organization when the public is footing the bill?

    Christian group B gets 5% of its total funding from public money. It should be able to continue any policies it wants as a private organization.

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    Re: Court: Christian group can't bar gays [and] get funding

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    These groups are not entitled to University money. No rights are violated.
    If the money is coming from public funds, I believe any school group is entitled to it without political consideration. I suppose the only way I could see not giving this money to the group is that they are a religious organization. Even then, the money is not being distributed for the purpose of religion, it only happens to be that a religious organization is requesting it. I would still have to side with the group.
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