To the editor:
“Court enshrines political correctness” shrills Cal Thomas (Journal-World, July 6), making me nearly spew my coffee across the table with a loud guffaw. He apparently received this legal wisdom from the Rutherford Institute’s claim, “the right to freely associate with believers on campus” was trampled with this Supreme Court ruling (08-1371). Thomas says, “groups favored by the secular left enjoy special status from academic elites” but fails to supply any supporting evidence. This churlish attack is on a court ruling that carefully considered the balance of the right of association and free speech within the context of discrimination law. Thomas concludes his rebuke by stating that this ruling, “will force well-meaning groups to abandon the tenants of their faith.” Tush and poppycock.
UC Hastings didn’t order the Christian Legal Society to admit any student nor proscribe CLS’s speech. The school placed limits on the use of school funds and facilities for organizations that did not comply with California’s anti-discrimination law. The Supreme Court findings supported the school’s case. CLS members can believe whatever they like and exclude whoever they wish. CLS cannot get school support doing so.
We are once again made aware of Thomas’ homophobia when he writes that not having access to funds and facilities would “discriminate” and isolate CLS, pleasing gay groups, “whose activism … appears to be openly hostile to religious faith and tradition.” And with that we leap from legal issues to the labyrinth of non sequiturs and malicious stereotyping, back in the maze of twisted truth that is Thomas’ vulgar specialty.