Recently, your law students tried to form a Christian-based pro-life group, which required its executive leaders to sign a statement of Christian faith?much like another group, the Christian Legal Society. Because of this single requirement, the Student Bar Association (SBA) denied the request for formal recognition. It also denied the Christian Legal Society the same sanction.
The basis for denial, as I understand it, was that the club?s leadership requirement violated the University?s ?non-discrimination? policy. In other words, every club must allow any student the opportunity to hold offices in any club. How then does the university justify its own requirement that the President and the Board of Corporations be Jesuit priests? It seems that you not only allow yourself to discriminate, but you also discriminate in the way you apply your non-discrimination policy to others.
I recently learned that a gay SBA president previously attempted to dissuade your students from recognizing the aforementioned Christian-based pro-life group. I also learned that he called a closed-door meeting to discuss the issue of the request for recognition with the members of the SBA executive board. Out of that meeting came the mandate that they could not even request recognition in front of the SBA until they took out the Christian leadership requirement.
Previously, the Fox News Channel interviewed the club about this situation. There was ?no comment? from the administration. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education even got involved by writing letters. But you still will not tell the SBA to recognize the group so they can use student fees to promote speakers and events.
The situation of forcing your Christian law students to pay mandatory student fees, which fund secular student groups, while their own club flounders in second-class status, is simply unacceptable. How long must your Christian students sit at the back of the bus? Have you considered separate water fountains for traditional Catholics?
Gonzaga Law School?s deplorable conduct towards its Christian students should serve as a warning to Catholic parents everywhere: avoid sending your Catholic children to GU.
Gonzaga University is committed to Catholic values like the KKK is committed to racial equality. In more ways than one, Catholics simply cannot afford to pay $26,250 tuition to fund that commitment.
Mike S. Adams (www.DrAdams.org) recently learned that Gonzaga Law School has now recognized a pro-choice student organization. But they choose not to let the pro-life organization have the same status. Instead, they abort every attempt to give life to free expression at GU.