Policy demonstrates ‘unconstitutional animus and a specific discriminatory intent both to blacklist Christian organizations…’
(Brian Freimuth, Liberty Headlines) Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Monday escalated his investigation of discrimination against conservative Christian students at Yale Law School.
Cruz, who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Constitution Subcommittee, requested the faculty submit all internal communications regarding recent changes to their nondiscrimination policy in his second letter addressed Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken.
Cruz began his investigation last month, after a student LGBT group, “The Outlaws,” rallied other student leftist groups and pressured faculty to “clarify” their policy concerning students who work for organizations that “discriminate against members of its community.”
Yale Law provides funding for students working in summer public interest fellowships, postgraduate fellowships and public interest careers, for which students receive loan forgiveness.
Gerken responded to the students’ demands, stating, “The Law School cannot prohibit a student from working for an employer who discriminates, but that is not a reason why Yale Law School should bear any obligation to fund that work, particularly if that organization does not give equal employment opportunity to all of our students.”
Cruz expressed concern that the changes in the school’s financial assistance policy would intentionally deny funds to students who intern and work for religious and conservative organizations.
In his initial letter, Cruz said the changes revealed an “unconstitutional animus and a specific discriminatory intent both to blacklist Christian organizations and to punish Yale students whose values or religious faith lead them to work there.”
Gerken responded to Cruz’ initial letter, stating, “we are committed to the values embedded in both the Constitution and the profession that honors it, and we are confident that our policy adheres to those values while respecting—and protecting—religious liberty.”
Cruz’s letter asked Yale Law School to state how much funding students who work for leftist groups, like the ACLU or Planned Parenthood, receive in comparison with students who work for conservative organizations like the Becket Fund or the Alliance Defending Freedom.
As subcommittee chairman, Cruz could escalate his investigation further by issuing a subpoena for more documents or calling students and faculty to testify before Congress.