Fighting for Religious Freedom with FIRE

June 30, 2010

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that damages the right of public university students to form student organizations dedicated to promoting and following certain views and beliefs, particularly those that are religious or political.

In Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, a narrow 5-4 majority upheld the University of California Hastings College of the Law's denial of official recognition to the campus Christian Legal Society. CLS required its voting members and leaders to sign a statement of faith that outlined its own particular religious worldview because it wanted to ensure, unsurprisingly, that these students were faithful to its mission. Hastings found this requirement discriminatory and unacceptable...

Schools: University of California Cases: University of California Hastings College of the Law: Denial of Recognition to Christian Law School Group