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Monday, April 1, 2019

Yale Law School Yanks Stipends From Students Who Work For Christian Firms

Yale University LogoFollowing up on my previous post, I Thought I Could Be A Christian At Yale Law School. I Was Wrong.:  The Federalist op-ed: Yale Law School Yanks Stipends From Students Who Work For Christian Firms, by Aaron Haviland (3L, Yale Law School):

Several weeks ago, I wrote about the challenges of being a Christian and a conservative at Yale Law School. A few days ago, the law school decided to double down and prove my point.

After the Yale Federalist Society invited an attorney from Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a prominent Christian legal group, to speak about the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, conservative students faced backlash. Outlaws, the law school’s LGBTQ group, demanded that Yale Law School “clarify” its admissions policies for students who support ADF’s positions. Additionally, Outlaws insisted that students who work for religious or conservative public interest organizations such as ADF during their summers should not receive financial support from the law school.

On March 25, one month after the controversy, Yale Law School announced via email that it was extending its nondiscrimination policy to summer public interest fellowships, postgraduate public interest fellowships, and loan forgiveness for public interest careers. The school will no longer provide financial support for students and graduates who work at organizations that discriminate on the basis of “sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.”

Yale based its decision on a unanimous recommendation from the school’s Public Interest Committee. The committee explained: “The logic of our broader recommendation is that Yale Law School does not and should not support discrimination against its own students, financially or otherwise. Obviously, the Law School cannot prohibit a student from working for an employer who discriminates, but that is not a reason why Yale Law School should bear any obligation to fund that work, particularly if that organization does not give equal employment opportunity to all of our students.” ...

Yale has already caved to one progressive demand by restricting financial support for conservative students. Who is to say that the school will not cave again and start denying admission to conservative applicants? There were certainly calls among the student body to do so. Progressive students are attempting to shrink the Overton Window of reasonable public discourse, and Yale seems all too willing to comply.

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Comments

Too bad that there aren't any laws that prevent discrimination based on religion. Yale might be in trouble if there were.

Posted by: Anon | Apr 1, 2019 3:03:14 PM

“Who is to say that the school will not cave again and start denying admission to conservative applicants?”

Don’t worry about it. Just send your application to the women’s soccer coach with a few greenbacks…

Posted by: Just Sayin' | Apr 1, 2019 10:46:49 PM

When I was at Yale conservative students wanted to defund the gay rights organizations. Now the shoe is on the other foot. They are both wrong.

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Apr 2, 2019 1:32:42 AM

"Don’t worry about it. Just send your application to the women’s soccer coach with a few greenbacks…" Even (especially?) if you are a dude, tell them that you will transition.

Posted by: tuphat | Apr 2, 2019 8:12:00 AM

Heaven help Yale law students who eat Chick-fil-A.

Posted by: Woody | Apr 2, 2019 8:24:31 AM

Of course, it's ok that the "fascist" Yale elite wholeheartedly support, without any remorse, the massacre (through dismemberment, poisoning or vacuuming) of over 52 million unborn children since issuance of Roe v. Wade and so are opposed to Christian groups opposing such genocide.

Posted by: J Hebert | Apr 3, 2019 11:17:13 AM