Colleges and the Tyranny of Good Intentions

College says students can’t sell ‘Christmas’ trees | Ed News linking to MyFoxBoston

New law school dean at Catholic U.

College Reverses “Christmas” Tree Ban | Todd Starnes, Fox News

College Wants Club to Change ‘Christmas’ to ‘Holiday’ for Tree Sale Fundraiser

College: Students Can’t Sell “Christmas” Trees | Todd Starnes, Fox News

Pro-life student group rejected at B.C. university: threatens to sue

“Free Speech on Campus” Events | Speak Up Movement Blog

Two Law Schools Limiting Meetings By Federalist Society | Jordan Lorence at Speak Up Movement

Fixing Law Reviews

Catholic Fordham University Rejects Pro-Life Speaker, OKs Peter Singer

Stanford Starts Religious Liberty Clinic

Redefining Deviance: The Gay Assault on Franciscan University

    Crisis Magazine: The success that the gay community has achieved in shedding the “deviant” label has relied upon convincing the heterosexual world that homosexual behavior is perfectly normal. The recent uproar over a social work course titled “Deviant Behavior” at Franciscan University of Steubenville—which lists homosexuality as a form of deviant behavior—demonstrates just how vigilant the gay community remains in confronting anyone who might suggest that homosexual behavior could be anything but normal. It also shows how difficult it is for faithful Catholic institutions to teach students what the Church says about the nature of homosexual acts.


  • Posted: 11/19/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.crisismagazine.com

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Retiring Ron Paul to make his case for liberty on college campuses next year

How Free Speech Died on Campus | Greg Lukianoff at WSJ

The Problem with Speech Codes: The Video Version | Travis Barham at Speak Up Movement

Village Academic Curriculum: Man in Girls’ Locker Room

    PatriotPost.us: Coming to the defense of these children and young people is the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF, formerly the Alliance Defense Fund), whose senior legal counsel David Hacker accurately noted, “Little girls should not be exposed to naked men, period. A college’s notions about ‘non-discrimination’ don’t change that.” Furthermore, in a letter to the college13, Hacker wrote, “Clearly, allowing a person who is biologically a man to undress and expose himself to young girls places those girls at risk for emotional distress and harm. Any reasonable person would view this as dangerous to the young girls involved.” Indeed! Unfortunately, Evergreen State College has subjugated reason to political correctness at the expense of innocent children.


  • Posted: 11/16/2012
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  • Category: Uncategorized
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  • Source: patriotpost.us

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Top 10 reasons against Roe v. Wade | LiveAction News

    Rebecca Downs at Live Action News: Wednesday night, Students for Life of America’s group, Law Students for Life, and Harvard Right to Life held a debate, as part of the Law Students for Life tour. The debate was titled “Should Roe Survive Another 40 Years?” The event was broadcast live via USTREAM, and it is still up on the “Resources” section of the Law Students for Life website for those who are interested . . . Instead, the event first featured a presentation from Steve Aden, from Alliance Defending Freedom, followed by Professor Teresa Collett, of the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Now, I consider myself someone well-versed in the pro-life movement and the Roe v. Wade decision. However, there was much I learned from Aden’s carefully crafted presentation, which started off with the premise that Roe v. Wade is the single worst decision the Court has made and is a Supreme Court decision that the pro-choice side has never been able to get the other side to fully accept. The rest of his presentation involved the top-ten reasons to support his premise. The following portion of the article is my recounting of Aden’s reasons and explanations.


  • Posted: 11/16/2012
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: liveactionnews.org

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6th Circuit: Michigan voter approved restrictions on affirmative action are unconstitutional

The courts and public opinion: Klarman examines the legal fight for same-sex marriage

No more funding bias at Texas A&M | Alliance Defending Freedom

Florida ends funding discrimination against Christian college | Alliance Defending Freedom

DeJohn Case Cited Once Again As Important Speech Code Precedent | David Hacker at Speak Up Movement Blog

SD: Evangelist files free speech lawsuit against Mines

Presidential Preferences of George Mason Law Students

Australia university blocks pro-life group: worried group would ‘target women’

College allows transgender student in women’s locker room | ABC30 (includes video)

“ADF: Transgender Issue Putting Youngsters At Risk” | One News Now

“Who You Are Is in the Mind, Not the Genitals” | Matt Driscoll at Seattle Weekly

4 Yrs at Private College = $130,468; Median-Priced Existing Home = $173,100; U.S. Debt Per American Under 18 = $218,676

Fight brewing over transgender person in Evergreen College locker room | MyNorthWest

College under fire for allowing transgender female to use women’s locker room | LGBTQ Nation

    LGTBQ Nation: In its letter sent Friday, David Hacker, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom group, warned Evergreen, “The fact that this individual was sitting in plain view of young girls changing into their swimsuits puts you and Evergreen on notice of possible future harm.” Joseph Backholm, director of the conservative non-profit Family Policy Institute of Washington, an anti-gay group leading efforts to overturn the state’s marriage equality law that voters will decide on Tuesday, said “(parents) have the reasonable expectation that there are not going to be naked men or people that their daughters believe are naked men — however they see themselves — in that restroom.”


  • Posted: 11/05/2012
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  • Category: ADF in the News

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Transgender Student in Evergreen’s Locker Room Draws Ire of Arizona Religious Group | Seattle Weekly

    Seattle Weekly: Evergreen officials say the school’s policy of allowing transgender individuals access to locker rooms based on their stated gender – in this case, Francis identifies as a female – is in accordance with state law . . . Despite this stance, the Alliance Defending Freedom is mad as hell. “Little girls should not be exposed to naked men, period. A college’s notions about ‘non-discrimination’ don’t change that,” says Senior Legal Counsel David Hacker in a press release distributed by the Alliance Defending Freedom, which says it is acting on behalf of parents concerned for their children’s safety . . . “The idea that the college and the local district attorney will not act to protect young girls is appalling,” Hacker continues in the Alliance Defending Freedom press release. “What Americans are seeing here is the poisoned fruit of so-called ‘non-discrimination’ laws and policies. Placing this man’s proclivities ahead of protecting little girls is beyond unacceptable.” . . . If the question comes down to bowing to the Alliance Defending Freedom and the organization’s claims of “emotional distress and harm” being inflicted on youth swimmers encountering transgender genitalia in the sauna, or protecting the civil rights of people like Colleen Francis, the Evergreen State College, predictably, sides with the civil rights and state law. “Frankly, the issue has been addressed,” Wettstein says of the installation of privacy screens. [more]


  • Posted: 11/05/2012
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: blogs.seattleweekly.com

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Pro-Life Student Sues Louisiana State University | Citizen Link

Wash. college OK’s exposure of young girls to naked man | Alliance Defending Freedom

Private Religious Colleges and Free Speech | Greg Lukianoff of FIRE at the Volokh Conspiracy

Only a Few Examples of Censorship on Campus? | Greg Lukianoff of FIRE at Volokh Conspiracy

Free speech boxed in at LSU | Alliance Defending Freedom

The Reality of College Censorship, Part 2: Speech Codes | George Lukianoff at Volokh Conspiracy

Tufts Christian group fighting bias claims

Air Force Academy explores religious respect

200 Christian College Students Protest at Planned Parenthood

Tufts evangelical group faces ‘de-recognizing’ for requiring leaders to adhere to ‘basic biblical truths’

Religious Symbols Not Allowed At LSU

The Liberty Prevails: Ninth Circuit Rules in Favor of Student Newspaper | David J. Hacker at the Speak Up Movement University Blog

Iowa: Judge Calls Mistrial On 1 Claim in Law Prof. Bias Trial

St. Thomas’ new dean recognizes the challenges

    National Law Journal: The University of St. Thomas School of Law has named Robert Vischer as its new dean, effective on January 1. Vischer, now associate dean for academic affairs, has taught at the Roman Catholic-affiliated law school since 2005. He replaces Thomas Mengler, who stepped down in May to assume the deanship at St. Mary’sUniversity School of Law. Professor Neil Hamilton has been serving as interim dean.


  • Posted: 10/26/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.law.com

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Suit Challenges Utah College’s Treatment Of Christian Student Group | Religion Clause Blog

Religious freedom tested in lawsuit against Snow College | Deseret News

Jurors Deliberate For 3rd Day In Law School Trial

Christian club sues Snow College over alleged free speech issues | Salt Lake Tribune

9th Circuit rules in favor of student newspaper trashed by OSU | Alliance Defending Freedom

Snow College ices religious freedom | Alliance Defending Freedom

“Gallaudet asks same-sex marriage opponents to pull ad”

9th Circuit Emeldi ruling, an invitation to sue college professors?

The Third Year of Law School and a Comment on Credentialing, Education, and Grades in Higher Education

Law prof denied job because of pro-life, pro-family activism: lawsuit

Ivy league admissions officer – White middle class and east asians least favored for admissions

Battle against abortion mandate now includes SBC ethics entity

“North Carolina’s Elon University bans Chick-fil-A from campus after gay row”

15 Catholic Colleges Sign Brief Supporting HHS Mandate Lawsuit | LifeNews

University of Texas Hiding Partnership With Planned Parenthood

MD: Same-sex marriage supporters condemn action against petition signer

The Role of Faith in Academic Pursuits – Mark Regnerus | Mark Oppenheimer at NYT

Individual, Community, and State: How to Think About Religious Freedom | Mathew J. Franck at Imprimis

Here’s Where the University of Texas Loses in Fisher | David Bernstein at the Volokh Conspiracy