Yale Law School Under Federal Investigation for Open Discrimination Against Christians
Earlier this year, Yale Law School began pulling funding from students who choose to work for Christian non-profit legal organizations. Now the federal government, via the Senate, is investigating the school. Senator Ted Cruz recently submitted a request for all of the documents surrounding the decision.
At law schools around the country, students that work for non-profit legal organizations are often eligible for a stipend from their university. This practice encourages students to pursue noble non-profit work despite the lack of pay. It is this funding that is at hand.
Cruz is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution. The Senator argued that the Yale Law School policy is in clear violation of the First Amendment.
“Public news reports indicate that Yale Law School has recently adopted a transparently discriminatory policy: namely, that Yale will no longer provide any stipends or loan repayments for students serving in organizations professing traditional Christian views or adhering to traditional sexual ethics,” Cruz wrote in a letter to Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken last Thursday.
In an exclusive Campus Reform interview, Cruz announced his plans to investigate Yale Law School:
The school enacted the policy amid pressure from leftist students after a conservative Christian lawyer from the nonprofit legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom accepted an invitation to speak on campus about the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission Supreme Court case.
The students reportedly called ADF a “hate group that does not belong on our campus and does not deserve legitimization.”
Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken responded to the students by saying that the “nondiscrimination policy will extend to the Summer Public Interest Fellowship (SPIF), Career Options Assistance Program (COAP), and our post-graduate public interest fellowships.”
In April, Cruz sent a letter to Yale instructing the school to retain all documents related to the matter, threatening further investigation.
“In the meantime, if Yale Law School decides to alter its position and cease discriminating against religious students and organizations, please let me know, ” Cruz wrote.
But Yale Law School did not alter its policy.
On April 4, Cruz sent the school a separate letter requesting the aforementioned documents. In response to Cruz’s letter, Yale General Counsel Alexander Dreier defended the university’s policy.
“The Law School does not discriminate on the basis of religion, and in fact the policy your letter inquires about protects our students from discrimination of all kinds, including religious discrimination,” Dreier stated, adding that “the Law School’s policy does not single out students or organizations based on their religion.”
“The policy is sharply focused on an organization’s employment policies; it does not draw lines based on religion, ideology, litigation or advocacy strategy, or political goals. It protects all our students, including Christian students, from discrimination,” Dreier adds.
“We want to first lay out the facts,” Cruz told Campus Reform Tuesday while discussing the investigation.
Cruz says that Yale should lose their federal funding if his investigation finds that their decision was made on the basis of anti-Christian bias.
It looks pretty clear to me and Ted Cruz is a Constitutional scholar. It amazes me that the left is all about diversity of thought, and inclusiveness, unless it refers to Christians.
Ted Cruz talks free speech, Yale, and more with Lawrence Jones:
The senator later went on to lay out three possible outcomes of this investigation.
“One thing the investigation could result in, it could result in legislation. It could result in legislation making the protections even clearer and more explicit,” Cruz said, although he then added, that “to be honest, that legislation is not likely to pass this Congress.”
Cruz said that another result of the investigation could be executive action by President Donald Trump. A third outcome that the senator said is “certainly possible” is that the Constitution subcommittee, on which he serves, could refer the matter to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution or civil action, “depending on what the facts are and what we discover.”