Monday, March 06, 2006

Academia Loses to the Military

The U.S. Supreme Court has just unanimously ruled that colleges and universities that accept federal money must also allow on-campus military recruiting. This case arose when already military-hostile universities, used a First Amendment free association argument to exclude military recruiters because the military discriminates against gays by the "don't ask don't tell" policy. Under that theory any interaction with the military which the universities must endure would somehow intellectually harm them and their pro-gay stance.

Of course, the military does things beyond just discriminating against gays. It also defends our nation so that idiots like the people running these universities can be free to be the complete fools that they are. And it helps their recruiting in wartime to have access to young college graduates. And that's what the court found.

It doesn't matter that you don't like it, Congress can force universities--with or without the threat of yanking federal funds--to allow on-campus recruiting.

So perhaps these exclusionary enclaves of higher education will now get to practice themselves the virtue which they think everyone else ought to possess: tolerance of those with whom they disagree.


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