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The Christian Legal Society and "discrimination"
Sigh. Here we go again. Our own Steve Bainbridge has this post, over at his other blog, about the decision by the University of Montana's Student Bar Association to deny funding to the Christian Legal Society because of its "discriminatory" practice of limiting voting membership to, well, (those whom the CLS regards as) Christians. More specifically, members must assent to a Statement of Faith which provides, among other things, that Christians ought not to engage in sexual relations outside of marriage between a man and a woman.
As I've often said, on this blog and elsewhere, it simply is not "discrimination" -- at least, not of the kind that the state should care about -- for a religious institution, association, or community to make decisions about membership, leadership, ministry, etc., on the basis of that institution's religious commitments.
From Mirror of Justice posted 2008-01-01.