On the other hand, when you have an institution that proudly declares it will expell any gay students, regardless of their abilities, then the government clearly shouldn't be giving that college or institution any public funding. The University of the Cumberlands is asociated with the Southern Baptist Comnvention, a group that came into being in part to defend slavery as an integral part of Christianity. Its current discriminatory policies - this time against gays, not blacks - are a continuation of that Christianist tradition and form part of its distinct character. And if a private school wants to discriminate, I believe it should be free to do so. But it should not expect the broader public to subsidize it. The fact that it is receiving state subsidies while it discriminates is intolerable.

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