Golden rule - he who pays the gold makes the rules
Posted by aogMonday, 22 September 2003 at 22:35
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A nationwide group of law schools, law professors and law students has sued the Department of Defense, alleging its requirement that law schools allow military recruiters on campus violates the First Amendment.
This seems like a losing proposition. You’d think that a bunch of lawyers would be smarter than that. Oh, it’s only me who would think that?
You can see the trouble right from the start. An astute observer would guess that it is not in fact that case that the Department of Defense is flat out requiring schools to permit military recruitment and that observer would be correct. Later in the article we get the true situation, that military recruitment is quid pro quo for federal funding. Then we have this funny quote:
Kent Greenfield, a Boston College law professor leading the suit, said the government is forcing schools to agree with its policies to get benefits, and that’s “not the American way.”
So, this is the first time that the federal government has forced schools to change their policies or forfeit federal funds? Well fine then - let’s remove all
requirements on school policies tied to federal funds, such as affirmative action or Title IX. I think that would be excellent (even better would be the complete elimination of federal funds, but that’s even less likely).