From the classroom, to the court room, to the court of public opinion, 2010 had its share of victories and losses for conservatives attempting to keep education in America from swinging further to the left.
Christian Legal Society
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court turned away an appeal from the Christian Legal Society (CLS) which sued to get funding and recognition from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law. CLS claims Hastings’ policy forces them to accept as voting members and potential leaders, classmates who do not share their core religious beliefs.
Alliance Defense Fund attorney Jordan Lorence was disappointed that the court chose to affirm a policy that very few universities have. He said of the handful of law schools that have this policy, most of them require no discrimination based on religion.
“Groups that have nothing to do with religion — environmentalist groups, homosexual groups, feminist groups, etc. — they are allowed to kick out members who don’t agree with their message,” said Lorence. “But only the religious groups are the ones that are required to accept people who don’t agree with their message.”