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Another religion on campus case

This is getting tiresome. Phi Beta Conspirator David French calls our attention to this lawsuit, filed on behalf of the Georgia Pi chapter of Beta Upsilon Chi (BYX), also known as Brothers Under Christ, a Christian fraternity. Seems that the folks at UGA don’t want to extend official recognition to a student group that makes faith requirements of its members. I’ve written on this general issue here.

Let’s hope that our local Athenians come to their senses and recognize that religious freedom for students requires a little accommodation on their part.

Update: This article suggests that the University won’t voluntarily accommodate: "We will comply with the law whatever the courts may determine that to be," said UGA spokesman Tom Jackson.

Update #2: UGA has
done the right thing. I’d like to say that it was the threat of the op-ed (now revised) that the Atlanta paper was to run tomorrow, but I suspect it had a whole lot more to do with the ADF/CLS legal team and a faith-friendly Governor who appoints the Board of Regents and happens also to be an alumnus. I’ll link to my op-ed when it appears on-line.

Last Update: Not the title I would have given it, but here’s my AJC piece, as well as the paper’s story.

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Joe:

How likely do you think it is that the Supreme Court will hear one of these cases. It seems almost every Circuit has heard one? Do you know if the Supreme Court would come down on the side of students, or would it be bad if it heard a case?

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