November 27, 2005


The Solomon choice: By standing up for the right to oppose the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy, some fear law schools could undermine two landmark civil rights laws (Kristin Eliasberg, November 27, 2005, Boston Globe)

IF THE FEDERAL government contributes hundreds of millions of dollars to colleges or universities, should it be allowed to dictate what goes on at those institutions?

The answer, according to two of the most important and successful civil rights laws in US history, has long been a resounding ''yes," when it comes to race and gender discrimination. Title 6 of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin by institutions receiving federal funding, and Title 9 of the Education Amendments of 1972, which applies to sex discrimination, both reflect the fundamental principle that public funds should never be used to encourage discrimination-and that the government can withdraw its funding, often very large amounts of money, from institutions that discriminate.

But next month, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that some fear could threaten the reach of these historic civil rights laws. The case, Rumsfeld v. FAIR, doesn't concern race or gender. In an ironic twist, it centers instead on a piece of legislation called the Solomon Amendment, passed in 1994, which says that the government can withhold funding from universities whose law schools refuse to allow military recruiting on their campuses because they consider the armed forces' ''don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays and lesbians to be discriminatory. [...]

But if the Solomon Amendment amounts to government overreach, some are asking, what about Title 6 and Title 9? Surprisingly, the fear among some liberal lawyers and civil rights advocates is that, if the Supreme Court sides with the law schools, the legacy of those victories could be undermined.

If these schools really care about the principle involved, why don't they just refuse money from such a homophobic government?

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 27, 2005 2:21 PM

So standing up for what you think are principles requires that you get the money with no strings attached. What's not to like?

Hey I got principles, too, where's my money? Gimme, gimme, gimme!

But seriously, what is it about their pet homosexuals that makes Liberals and Leftists go to such lengths, and risk so much, for them?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 27, 2005 6:31 PM

Because they're victims of evil white European males.

Posted by: erp at November 27, 2005 7:12 PM

Raoul: It seems to be unintelligent reaction. Liberals strive against religion and religious institutions, so buggery and baby-murder become Liberal sacraments.

Posted by: Lou gots at November 27, 2005 8:32 PM

Harvard has what, $23 billion plus in its endowment?

Time to put it to the test. Same for Columbia, Berkeley, Yale, Princeton, and all the rest.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 27, 2005 8:35 PM

I love it.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at November 28, 2005 12:22 AM

Hillsdale College (MI) and Grove City College (PA) stopped accepting government money for precisely this reason. Both have improved their academic standing and have more applicants than ever.

Posted by: ddwoolwine at November 28, 2005 9:09 PM