Monday, October 04, 2004
This sounds like common sense, but Univ. of North Carolina still doesn't get it.
Religious organizations will be able to restrict membership according to "sincerely held religious beliefs," William Hall, vice president for student affairs, said Thursday.
The policy has been to require student groups to allow anyone to join regardless of age, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
The change means the Christian Legal Society, a small group associated with Ohio State's law school, can exclude gays and non-Christians. The group had been fighting the university's nondiscrimination policy.
Hall said he studied the issue for nearly a year and came to the conclusion that groups with sincere religious beliefs ought to be able to limit their membership to people with the same beliefs.