Debra J. Saunders

 Plaintiff Michael Rooke-Ley, a law prof at Santa Clara University, answered that military recruiters will interview females, but they won't interview gay students. I reply that the military will interview gay law students who don't announce that they are homosexual. Rooke-Ley believes no institution should expect applicants to deny a fundamental fact about themselves. You can't argue that it is acceptable to discriminate against Jews because someone can deny being Jewish, he said. The same goes for homosexuality.

 Rooke-Ley sees the lawsuit as a way to fight "hypocrisy on campus" -- that law schools can't preach against discrimination, then allow recruiters that discriminate.

 I see the suit itself as the height of hypocrisy. In a truly free academic environment, students would accept the presence of those with whom they disagree, while exercising their right to speak against them. In barring the military, law students and faculty are working to marginalize not only recruits, but also any students who support military policy. It's not enough to protest recruiters. Only a solid ban will do to let students interested in military service understand that, in the university, they are the freaks.

 They don't care that, to the extent that this is a free country, you can thank the military.


Debra J. Saunders


 
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