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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Danger - Discriminating Professors Inside

From USA Today... (Yes, that means I'm traveling.):

Court upholds military recruiting law;
Schools denying access could lose funding

By Joan Biskupic
USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government can withhold funds from universities that protest the Pentagon's ban on gay men and lesbians by denying military recruiters access to campuses and students, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.

In a unanimous opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court rejected arguments from a group of law schools that claimed a federal law that allows the government to withhold funding in such situations violates colleges' First Amendment rights of free speech and free association.

The law, known as the Solomon Amendment for its original sponsor in 1994, U.S. Rep. Gerald Solomon, R-N.Y., allows the U.S. government to deny funding to colleges that do not give military recruiters the same access and campus privileges that are given to other recruiters.

Most law schools that host recruiters insist that they sign a statement saying they do not discriminate based on sexual orientation. The law school consortium that brought the case, the Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights, said requiring schools to accept military recruiters undermined their opposition to bias and forced them to adopt a message they oppose. The military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy bars anyone who reveals his or her homosexuality from serving in the armed forces.

Hmmm... when someone joins the military, do they have to say that they're openly heterosexual? What does sexuality have to do with fighting in the military?

Perhaps the Progressives would prefer it if we go back to the old policy - forcing people to state that they're hetero in order to get to boot camp.

The Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy implemented by Clinton was a pragmatic solution to a difficult issue.
Joshua Rosenkranz, who represented the law schools challenging the law, said he did not expect universities to decline federal funds so they could block military recruiters. However, he said he expects faculty members and students will accelerate their public opposition to “don't ask, don't tell.”

“Schools are not going to give up the money,” Rosenkranz said, noting that billions in college funding are at stake. “But there are other ways to get the message across. You are going to see banners over military interview rooms and signs that say, ‘Danger: Discriminating recruiters inside.'

Well, it's good to know that their principles can be undermined with some cold, hard cash.

And frankly, I want military recruiters to be discriminating. Unfortunately, the meaning of the word has been twisted so effectively... The universities would be well advised to post similar messages above the recruiting offices of employers visiting for job fairs. "Danger: Discriminating Employers inside." It might help the college kids stay focused.

Or perhaps they could post this over the doors to their classrooms: "Danger: Discriminating Professors Inside."

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (1)
Monterey John said...

Don't you just love it when high falooting from the Ivy League go down in flames 9-0 before the Supremes? Bwahahahaha!!!!