Freedom of Religion and Association in ‘The FIRE Quarterly’
October 17, 2006
by Emily Guidry
Freedom of association means nothing if a group cannot exclude people who do not share its beliefs….Yes, we should all oppose discrimination on the basis of race or other immutable factors, but the right to “discriminate” on the basis of belief is the essence of freedom of association.
These infringements will continue until colleges learn that it is intolerance, not tolerance, to deny students their basic rights of religious association or expression. For institutions that so often claim to value diversity, America’s colleges and universities must recognize that respect for students of faith contributes to, not detracts from, that diversity.