Sad Day in America: CLS lost
While the opinion appears limited in scope and the remand may deal with selective enforcement, allowing state institutions to force student organizations which receive very modest support (largely from student fees) to be open to all is unfortunate.
What will become of CLS, Federalists, College Republicans and other groups. Must we now allow all persons not only to attend, but also to join and to become leaders? Apparently so, unless we forgo University recognition. As faculty advisor for two of these, I anticipate many practical problems.
If we forgo recognition, we lose the use of regular email for announcements, my role as advisor, some funding, the ability to reserve a room and to rely on the reservation (particularly food rooms, which are hard to come by).
If we keep recognition, we risk being taken over by an organized flood of non-believers. In my life experience, this is a real risk. I’ve seen it happen more than once. I would never use such an amoral tactic against the ACS or the College Democrats, or the Muslim students or whatever . . . by I have little faith others will be so honest.
And what of the Boy Scouts and public schools?
A depressing day, indeed.
By the way, the Second Amendment applies to the States. We may need it.