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Must public universities permit religious groups to discriminate?

June 2010 Contents

Must public universities permit religious groups to discriminate?

Jewish groups brief Congress on campuses

Jewish Book World reviews UnCivil University, Revised Ed.

Jewish couple to give away 75 percent of wealth

June Articles of Interest

Must public universities permit religious groups to discriminate?

Kenneth L. Marcus
Ken Marcus, Director
Anti-Semitism Initiative

May public universities tell religious student groups whom they may include as members? For example, can state universities tell Christian student groups that they must admit atheists, gays or Jews? Can public colleges require Jewish groups to admit messianic Jews and Holocaust deniers? This is the question that the Supreme Court was expected to resolve the question on Monday, when it decided the high-profile case of Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, U.S., 2010 U.S. LEXIS 5367 (Jun. 28, 2010). Instead, it resolved only a narrower issue while leaving the big question for another day. Nevertheless, the Justices' dueling opinions in Christian Legal Society will help to frame the issue as it recurs in subsequent cases. When the Court does finally resolve the issue, its decision may well be the opposite of what many commentators now believe.

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Jewish groups brief Congress on campuses

American Jewish groups, including IJCR, briefed congressional staffers on the intimidation of Jewish students on college campuses. The June 7 briefing, convened by Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.), the co-chairman of the Congressional Task Force Against Anti-Semitism, drew staffers from 25 congressional offices.

Read Jewish groups brief Congress on campuses by JTA staff, June 13, 2010

Jewish Book World reviews UnCivil University, Revised Ed.

Mervin F. Verbit, professor of sociology at Touro College and director of its Israel Studies Institute, reviews The UnCivil University: Intolerance on College Campuses. The ISI cultivates a better understanding of Israel among American academics.

Read Review of The UnCivil University: Intolerance on College Campuses by Mervin F. Verbit, Jewish Book World, Summer 2010

Jewish couple to give away 75 percent of wealth

Los Angeles philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad have pledged to distribute 75 percent of their total wealth, currently standing at $5.7 billion, "during and/or after our lifetimes." IJCR's original research on mega-gifts is cited in the discussion of the proportion to be allocated to Jewish causes.

Read Jewish couple to give away 75 percent of wealth by JTA staff, June 20, 2010

June Articles of Interest

Higher Education

Irvine Responds to Heckling Incident
By Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed,
June 15, 2010
UC Irvine moves to suspend the Muslim Students Union for organizing heckling of Israeli ambassador Michael Oren last year.


With AIPAC's help, students invite Oren to their colleges
By Jonathan Nathan-Kazis, The Forward,
June 11, 2010
Student government presidents at 71 predominantly Midwestern and Southern colleges have signed a statement inviting Israeli ambassador Michael Oren to their campuses.


K-12


California high school ends "Beat the Jew" game
By Christina Hoag, Associated Press,
June 4, 2010
A Southern California district moved to discipline a group of seniors who devised a game whose losers faced "incineration" or "enslavement."


World


Anti-Semitism Is Salonfähig Again
By Leon de Winter, Wall Street Journal,
June 14, 2010
It's a fascinating phenomenon: Why do people and organizations that present themselves as progressive team up with reactionary Muslims? The Free Gaza group is just such a Leftist-Islamist alliance.