Sen. Ted Cruz investigating ivory-tower Yale Law school for discrimination against Christians

Time to fight back.

A student LGBT group created a stink in February when a group of Yale Law students invited a lawyer from Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a Christian law firm, to speak on campus. When the Yale administration caved on March 25 to the protestors’ demands to pull all funding from students and alumni who work with organizations that “discriminate” against LGBT people, Senator Ted Cruz promptly threatened legal action and began a Senate investigation.

“Yale’s new discriminatory policy came to light a few days ago in the news, but demands immediate attention and concern,” a spokesperson for Cruz told PJ Media. “In his capacity as chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, [Cruz] intends to investigate the extent and nature of Yale’s discrimination against their own Christian and conservative students, continue gathering information from various sources within Yale Law, from faculty to students, and possibly hold a hearing to determine whether their rights are being violated by Yale, an institution which receives federal funds and is clearly prohibited from this sort of action.”

Cruz wrote in a searing open letter to the ivory-tower, liberal school: “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.” He announced that a Senate investigation has been opened into the new policy and that it may involve a subpoena or a lawsuit.

Last week, Life Site News reported:

 “Yale Law student and Marine Corps veteran Aaron Haviland detailed an announcement that the school’s “nondiscrimination” policy was being expanded to summer public interest fellowships, post-graduate public interest fellowships, and loan forgiveness for careers in public interest. Those stipends would no longer be available to students or graduates who work for organizations that supposedly “discriminate” on the basis of “sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.”

Yale administrators claimed in an email to students that the policy will apply only to organizations’ hiring practices, not their policy positions or stated values. But that would still disqualify working for Christian organizations who require employees to affirm that they live by Christian values, including abiding by Christian sexual mores.

In his letter to Yale Law’s Dean Heather Gerken, Cruz wrote that it “appears that the policy arose from unconstitutional animus and a specific discriminatory intent both to blacklist Christian organizations like the Alliance Defending Freedom and to punish Yale students whose values or religious faith lead them to work there.”

The senator also noted that religious discrimination is prohibited by federal civil rights laws … laws to which Yale is bound as a recipient of taxpayer dollars. Cruz stated that the new policy “flatly contradicts Yale University’s Equal Opportunity Statement–a promise to all students–that, ‘as delineated by federal and Connecticut law, Yale does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on account of that individual’s … religion.'”

The school responded to the letter from Cruz with a statement denying that it discriminates on the basis of religion. It also reaffirms its commitment to and support for the controversial new policy.

See you in court, Yalies.

Victor Rantala


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