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"Schools given OK to discriminate against Christians," a press release from the Alliance Defense Fund declares, with some justice.  The Supreme Court has declined to review the 9th circuit's decision in Truth v Kent, which I discussed here last week (along with a contrary ruling by the 7th circuit in CLS v Walker.)   The decision in Truth, allowing public school administrators to withhold official recognition from student religious groups with religious membership requirements, will stand.  In other words, (at least within the jurisdiction of the 9th circuit,) schools may use their non-discrimination policies to discriminate against student groups with discriminatory membership rules: a public vision of equality trumps a private, religious right of association.

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Wendy Kaminer is a lawyer and social critic who has been a contributing editor of The Atlantic since 1991. She writes about law, liberty, feminism, religion and popular culture and has written eight books, including Worst InstinctsFree for All; Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials; and I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional. Kaminer worked as a staff attorney in the New York Legal Aid Society and in the New York City Mayor's Office and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1993. She is a renowned contrarian who has tackled the issues of censorship and pornography, feminism, pop psychology, gender roles and identities, crime and the criminal-justice system, and gun control. Her articles and reviews have appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The American Prospect, Dissent, The Nation, The Wilson Quarterly, Free Inquiry, and spiked-online.com. Her commentaries have aired on National Public Radio. She serves on the board of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, the advisory boards of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and the Secular Coalition for America, and is a member of the Massachusetts State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.

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