Friday, May 2, 2008

Decision in Georgia Tech Case

A federal district court issued a decision yesterday in Sklar v. Clough, a case in which two Georgia Tech's students challenged numerous university practices having some connection to religion. Those practices included (1) the creation of a Safe Space program; (2) a ban on funding "religious activities"; (3) the limitation of certain student expression to a "speech zone"; and (4) the adoption of a "speech code."

Inside Higher Education's article is here. The Chronicle of Higher Education's article is here. The Alliance Defense Fund's reaction is here. Georgia Tech's statement is here.

Among other things, the court concluded that the university's inclusion of religious materials in the "Safe Space" program violated the Establishment Clause. Those materials essentially declared that the orthodox view on homosexuality was theologically wrong.