Good Intentions and Creeping Censorship

Glenn Ricketts

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  • August 08, 2011

In this piece over at Minding the Campus, attorney David French discusses the impact of recent judicial decsions on college campus civil liberties. It's not looking good for evangelical Christian organizations - such as those at San Diego State University - who seem to have run afoul of the "good intentions" of senior administrators. As a result, it's apparently OK for the vegetarian club to exclude hamburger eaters, but evangelicals can't disallow those out of sympathy with their beliefs. You might have thought, as French notes, that it's simply common sense that campus groups should admit members and select leaders according to their respective missions. But common sense, as he concludes, is increasingly scarce in federal jurisprudence these days, especially when campus "tolerance" policies collide with evangelical Christian groups.

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