Future of religious liberty at Supreme Court is cloudy—for now


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ABSTRACTFuture of religious liberty at Supreme Court is cloudy—for now | Washington Examiner Skip to main content Search form Search Opinion News Campaign 2012 Local Opinion Sports Entertainment Contests Autos Letters to the Editor Columnists Editorials Op-Eds Nate Beeler's Toons Opinion Future of religious liberty at Supreme Court is cloudy—for now 2 weeks 2 days ago Comments Ken Klukowski Popular in Opinion Most Read Ignore conservative ideas at your own peril Dim Bulb: David Dow Not enough 'penumbra raiders' on court for Obama Settling the 2012 delegate math GOP needs to seize the moment on health care Mon, 2012-03-19 14:34 Supreme Court justices today denied review on an important religious liberty case, and we’ll find out soon whether they’ll agree to take the next big one. San Diego State University’s policy allows student groups to require their membership to support and agree with the group’s mission and beliefs. College Democrats can require members to be Democrats and deny membership to a Republican student. There are 115 recognized student organizations, covering many topics and perspectives on the SDSU campus. However, the school does not allow groups to consider religion. As a consequence, three Christian student organizations have been denied official recognition because they—Shocker!—require all members to support their doctrinal statement of Christian faith. The most important of these is this: “I hereby publicly confess my belief in the Lord Jesus Christ as God and only Savior and give witness to the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit in my life.” These groups sued, arguing that a publicly funded university—which is bound by the First Amendment—is discriminating against a religious group for its religious speech and freedom of religious association. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9 th Circuit sided with the university, saying that the school may bar these religious organizations from recognition. In Alpha Delta Chi-Delta Chapter v. Reed , SCOTUS was asked to review the lower court’s wrongheaded decision. The Alliance Defense Fund petititioned for a write of certiorari asking the justices to (yet again) reverse the 9th Circuit's prior decision. But the High Court denied the petition. That means at least for now this official discrimination against Christian groups will continue at SDSU. In a separate case, I wrote a couple weeks ago about lawyers in Mt. Soledad Memorial Association v. Trunk petitioning SCOTUS to reverse the 9 th Circuit and sa.......