Paul L. Caron

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Simkovic: At Yale, The Federalist Society Loses Friends And Alienates People

Following up on my previous post, I Thought I Could Be A Christian At Yale Law School. I Was Wrong.:  Michael Simkovic (USC), At Yale, the Federalist Society Loses Friends and Alienates People:

Although most Christians—especially young and highly educated Christians—favor greater acceptance of gays, a leader of the Federalist Society claimed that by inviting the anti-gay group he was simply “attempting to be a Christian at Yale Law School.”

The numerous Christian groups that are active at Yale did not band together to invite to campus a group that has advocated criminal prosecution of homosexuals.  That decision was the sole prerogative of the Federalist Society or some of its members. ...

The entire unfortunate turn of events could have been avoided if the Federalist Society vetted its speakers more carefully and favored substance over shock value.  There are plenty of other highly capable lawyers who can argue effectively for religious freedom in situations that challenge progressive views of gay rights, and who are not associated with any actual or suspected hate groups. ...

Why are leaders of the Federalist Society mischaracterizing Christianity as monolithically hostile to gays and other minority groups?  Intent is always perilous to guess.  However, given Republican donors' history of nationally coordinating provocation campaigns that are executed through local campus chapters, conservative groups may be attempting to incite conflict between Christians and other progressive and moderate groups.  ... Whether or not conflict is being intentionally provoked here, a more constructive approach for all concerned would be to focus on building solidarity across ideological lines rather than engaging in such polarizing conflict on social issues.

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Are we going back to high school days? All that counts is being popular? Heaven forbid, we make people think.

Posted by: Dale Spradling | Mar 18, 2019 6:15:45 AM

Yes, they're being beaten so badly that they control the Presidency, Senate, and Supreme Court. A real beating.

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Mar 18, 2019 4:14:38 AM

Why should the Yale Federalist Society allow groups and individuals who are hostile towards them to determine who they ask to speak? Do other campus groups allow the Federalist Society to vett their speakers and activities? I sincerely doubt it. Yale has lost the basic concept of free speech.

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Mar 18, 2019 3:47:24 AM

a group that has advocated criminal prosecution of homosexuals.

Could some kind person please post the specifics to support this assertion? I was unable to find any advocacy of criminal prosecution for anything. I had never heard of this group before, so I'm curious. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.

Posted by: AMTbuff | Mar 17, 2019 9:02:38 PM