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Extreme "nondiscrimination" policies deprive students of the right to freely and fully exercise their religious beliefs.
In its over-100-year history, the University of California Hastings College of Law (UC Hastings) had never denied student organization status to any group. That is, until the law school decided in 2004 to strip the campus chapter of the Christian Legal Society (CLS) of recognition.The UC Hastings student CLS chapter welcomed all members of the university community to participate in its activities but required officers and voting members—who spoke on its behalf, voted on policies and programs, and led Bible studies—to share the group's core beliefs. These beliefs included being Christian and abstaining from sexual activity outside of marriage. UC Hastings decided at the beginning of the 2004 school year that CLS's voting membership and office-holder requirements violated the religion and "sexual orientation" provisions of its Policy on Nondiscrimination. UC Hastings then denied CLS "Registered Student Organization" (RSO) status.
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