Washington, DC – Interfaith Alliance President Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy issued the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez. Interfaith Alliance filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case along with the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.
Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court is rightfully narrow in scope and context and thankfully does not recommend providing public, university funding to support the Christian Legal Society’s religious activities. However, the decision falls short in not recognizing the right of student organizations such as CLS to ensure that its leadership positions are held by coreligionists who share the organization’s beliefs and vision, while still being able to actively participate in the public forum created by Hastings.
It would be a shame if this decision resulted in less diversity of opinion by undercutting Hastings’ purpose of creating a student organization forum– to expose students to a broad range of interests and viewpoints.
Interfaith Alliance is a network of people of diverse faiths and beliefs from across the country working together to build a resilient democracy and fulfill America’s promise of religious freedom and civil rights not just for some, but for all. We mobilize powerful coalitions to challenge Christian nationalism and religious extremism, while fostering a better understanding of the healthy boundaries between religion and government. We advocate at all levels of government for an equitable and just America where the freedoms of belief and religious practice are protected, and where all persons are treated with dignity and have the opportunity to thrive. For more information visit interfaithalliance.org.