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And Justice for Some?

Update of the Supreme Court case involving the CLS Christian Legal Society and University of California’s Hastings College of the Law.

How should student groups on campuses be allowed to select and determine their leadership?

This is the question before the United States Supreme Court this week. The case in question involves a chapter of the Christian Legal Society at the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law. Student groups on campus must have open membership if they desire to receive sponsored benefits on campus (e.g. meetings rooms and funding).

But the question here is one of selected or elected leadership. Must a Christian group open its leadership selection process to atheists? Should a Gay and Lesbian group be forced to allow a homophobe to be its president? Must the Muslim Students Association be required to admit a polytheistic Hindu to regularly teach its members?

If this sounds ridiculous to you, welcome to America the Confused. This excellent blog post by Scott Crocker  summarizes the standing of this crucial case.

Action point: Pray for sanity and wisdom in America’s top court.

By Ken

Dr. Ken Cochrum (DMin, Bethel University) is Vice President of Global Digital Strategies at Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) in Orlando, Florida. An avid cyclist and aspiring guitarist, he also holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas and a Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He recently co-founded, a movement passionate about connecting people to Jesus using digital strategies. He previously served as vice president of Cru’s student-led movements worldwide. He and his wife Ann spent 13 years in East Asia where they raised their two children. Ken blogs regularly at

One reply on “And Justice for Some?”

Thanks Ken. I just posted his article on my wall. Guff and I talked about how if the Court does deny the CLS – not only would it be ineffective in many ways…but a mess could follow.
Could I not just take all my friends and join the Atheist, Agnostic and Free Thinkers Society? If we became members under our freedom to not be discriminated against, we might change the essence of that Society. Not my first choice on strategy, but it might be okay.

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