"Court rules against Christian group in discrimination case," blogs CNN. The Christian Legal Society at the Hastings College of Law is now required to accept people who reject the basic tenets of the Christian faith within their ranks if they expect college recognition and financial assistance.
I wrote about this case back in April for Catholic Online because I saw the writing on the wall. The problem is this: When any organization is forced to allow dissidents within their ranks, it opens the door for chaos. As I mention in my article, could you imagine the reaction if a traditionally black fraternity was required to accept neo-Nazis and even allow them to run for positions of leadership? If enough dissidents joined, they could form a majority and completely dismantle the values, history, and traditions of the group.
Not only is this decision nonsensical and counterintuitive to any organization's credibility, but it also violates the First Amendment's stipulation that the government must not restrict the free exercise of religion. How can the Christian Legal Society freely exercise their beliefs when they cannot have discretion over their membership?
Justice Alito said it best in his dissent: "I do not think it is an exaggeration to say that today's decision is a serious setback for freedom of expression in this country."
(Side note: The best book I have ever read about the proper relationship of government and religion is Chuck Colson's God and Government).