Monday, December 11, 2006

More on BYX v. UGA: Commentary from the AJC

My recent coverage of the Federal District Court case of Beta Upsilon Chi, et al. v. Adams, et al. has generated quite a bit of interest on Annales, including some interesting comments in my initial post on the subject.

Recently, a commentator in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has written on the issue as well, and many of comments are well-taken (and I would encourage "Anonymous" to take a look at it, as well).

Read the whole article.

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LISTENING TO: Christmas music


At 2:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While he makes a good point regarding the ability for a religious group to make such a discrimination, then let me reformulate my view:

It is fine for it to be recognized on campus, but only as a religious organization with its *primary focus* as such. That is not be a social fraternity, and not part of IFC or Greek Life, nor receive any benefits associated therewithin. Many other organizations at campuses get different "special rights" (that is, things related specific to their purpose) if they are sports clubs, fraternities, honors programs, etc., and if they wish to be able to be able to discriminate against religion (surely they would think admitting a non-Christian would be a perfect opportunity for sharing the Good News with such member) then they would be classified as a religious organization.

However, I wonder to what extent the Supreme Court applied that ruling to an organization in general (that is to say, coporations, etc) and whether or the fact that BYX would be legally classified as a "student organization" first and then subsequently as one with a religious focus. My personal views fall the same. The mention of the religious group at another campus (note that its referred to primarily as such, whereas most people refering to BYX on a campus will refer to it as a fraternity).

I disagree with the commentator that it's anti-discrimination rules that are being used to discriminate against religious groups. I am sure there are any number of Christian groups on UGAs campus just as any other ones, and none of them have (at least at the schools I'm at, and I go to rather conservative ones) complained or made a fuss about requiring to allow participation by non-Christians.


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