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UNC-Chapel Hill Tries to Spin Away a Major Defeat

May 25, 2006

In July of 2004, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education wrote to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, explaining for the second time in less than two years that constitutionally protected freedom of association is meaningless if a group cannot exclude people who do not share the beliefs of the group. This is both basic common sense and clearly established law. The College Democrats can exclude Republicans, the college environmental club can exclude students who hate environmentalism, and the college chess club can exclude members who hate the game and wish to see it abolished. In other words, if you form a group in order to express commonly held ideas or ideals, of course you can exclude those who disagree...

Schools: University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Cases: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Denial of Freedom of Association for Christian Fraternity University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Refusal to Allow Christian Clubs to Require Christian Leadership