Monday, March 3, 2008

CLS Sues University of South Carolina

On Friday, CLS's Center for Law & Religious Freedom and ADF commenced litigation against University of South Carolina officials who denied funding to the CLS chapter at the USC law school. USC maintains a categorical ban on funding religious groups.

In our view, such a policy is plainly unconstitutional under the U.S. Supreme Court's 1995 decision in Rosenberger v. Rector of the University of Virginia.

News account here. Complaint here. Press release here.

Stay tuned for more details.

1 Comment:

Daniel said...

"The dissent's assertion that no viewpoint discrimination occurs because the Guidelines discriminate against an entire class of viewpoints reflects an insupportable assumption that . . . anti-religious speech is the only response to religious speech . . . If the topic of debate is, for example, racism, then exclusion of several views on that problem is just as offensive to the First Amendment as exclusion of only one . . . The dissent's declaration that debate is not skewed so long as multiple voices are silenced is simply wrong; the debate is skewed in multiple ways." Rosenberger, at 831-32.

Can someone tell me why USC is even taking this to court, despite this ever-so-clear precedent? Am I missing something?