How to restrict religion given the Bill of Right’s protection of the “free exercise” of religion? Easy, the secularists in power are finding: Define religion as only what goes on behind the walls of churches.
That’s what the administration has done in its abortion pill/contraceptive mandate in exempting only church congregations, while requiring church-run hospitals and other ministries to provide that coverage free of charge even when they violate their religious convictions.
Now colleges are using the same strategy, as Greg Forster reports:
The Supreme Court declared in 2010 that public universities must permit religious student clubs to select leaders who share their faith. UNC-Greensboro is now getting around this by declaring that a Christian student club isn’t really religious.
On what grounds? It isn’t affiliated with a church.
Other schools are apparently pursuing this strategy as well. Expect to hear more about it.
The next step, as in the former Soviet Union: Religion is restricted to what goes on inside of your head.