Wednesday, June 30, 2010

No more freedom of association

In a decision that was underreported in the media, the Supreme Court recently appears to have gutted our Constitutional rights to freedom of association. The case centered on the question:
Could a university require a Christian student organization to open its leadership and voting membership to those who disagree with the group’s faith or who refuse to abide by its code of conduct?
What happened to freedom of religion and freedom of association? The question above is quoted from an article by David French of the Alliance Defense Fund. The article goes on to say:
Common sense would dictate that a group should be able to limit its membership and leadership to those who share the group’s purpose. After all, who ever heard of a Republican group led by Democrats, an African-American group led by white supremacists, or a vegetarian group led by cattle ranchers?
French then quotes Roger Pilon of the Cato Institute as saying:
In a word, like the mugger who says, “Your money or your life,” today’s opinion enables Hastings to say, “If you want benefits otherwise available to all, you’ve got to give up your right to freedom of association.”
Our founding fathers must be turning over in their graves! Please take time to read this excellent article by David French of the Alliance Defense Fund.

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