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Monday, December 12, 2005

Katherine Kersten's Korner

Kersten's kolumn today is about the University of Minnesota's Law School, and their involvement with the Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights (FAIR). FAIR objects to what's known as the Solomon Amendment, which requires schools that receive federal funding, including law schools, to open their campuses to military recruiting. The objection is due to the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy regarding homosexuals. As you can probably guess, Kersten isn't too impressed with FAIR or the law school.

While I do think it is a bit shallow of the school to join FAIR but not join the lawsuit that FAIR has brought against the government, there is absolutely nothing wrong with how the law school has acted. This may be hard to understand for Kersten and others who think like her, but a lot of people have a problem with anybody discriminating against gays, because, well, they are people too. So there is no difference here than if the military refused to admit Jews, or Blacks, or women. If the military had these kinds of policies, most people would agree that there's a problem, and even Kersten might agree that the law school was right to not allow recruiters on campus. But when it comes to homosexuals, it's apparently different: as Ford is proving, discrimination against the GLBT community is still allowed.

So no, Kersten, if the U law school doesn't want military recruiters on campus, they aren't demeaning the institution of the military. The military is doing a pretty good job of demeaning itself with its stupid discrimination.


At 12:30 PM, December 13, 2005, Anonymous Harry Eagar said...

The military does not not allow gays. It just asks them to shut up about it.

So your point -- if you think you had one -- is just plain silly.

At 12:59 PM, December 13, 2005, Blogger MN Politics Guru said...

That's makes as much sense as saying that gays can get married: just to people they don't love!

As soon as the military also makes heterosexuals shut up about the fact that they like people of the opposite sex, it will be even.

At 6:17 PM, December 13, 2005, Anonymous Efogoto said...

Ms. Kersten wrote: "The school also swings open its doors for firms that have represented people accused of being criminals, including allegedly corrupt corporate executives."

It seems that Ms. Kersten feels that only guilty people are accused of crimes and that any law firm which would represent such criminals ought to be shunned by those who would portray themselves as righteous and pure.

What a load of arrogant tripe.

At 3:21 PM, March 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa, whoa. You are missing the point entirely - Schools are perfectly free to prohibit the federal government from recruiting on their campus. This decision didn't change that one bit! The schools just can't take federal money and prohibit it.

In other words, the U or any other campus can deny JAG corps recruiters. In so doing, they simply now forego the money that they once received for allowing the recruiters on campus.

Please educate yourself about this matter. If you are going to be so principled as to stand against the government, you shouldn't be so hypocritical as to demand subsidy from that same government!

That's what this about: money, not homosexuals.

At 3:25 PM, March 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

P.S. I'll be interested to see how many schools opt for their principles now that it is going to cost them a welfare check or two.


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