Saturday, January 01, 2005
QUEERS AND HEATHENS NEED NOT APPLY
A group of Christian students at Arizona State University Law School recently organized a chapter of the Christian Legal Society. The University will not recognize the group nor offer it funding because of the group's exclusionary policies. The Christian Legal Society will not admit homosexuals or non-christians for membership.
A legal confrontation is playing out here as a student organization seeks official recognition and money from a state-run university even though the students plan to exclude non-Christians and gays.
A group of Christian students at Arizona State University's law school formed a chapter of the Christian Legal Society, a national organization that unites Christian lawyers and law students for fellowship, mutual legal support, meetings and Bible readings.
Rather than turn the other cheek, the group is seeking an activist judge in order to overturn Arizona State University's community standards against bigotry.
Based on their interpretation of biblical passages on homosexuality, members draw the groundwork to exclude practicing homosexuals from membership. The society at "ASU interprets its statement of faith to require that officers adhere to orthodox Christian beliefs, including the Bible's prohibition of sexual contact between persons of the same sex," the suit says.
"A person who engages in homosexual conduct or adheres to the viewpoint that homosexual conduct is not sinful would not be permitted to become a member or serve as an officer" of the group at Arizona State, the suit adds. It goes on to say that a person who has engaged in homosexual acts but has "repented" or people who may have homosexual inclinations but do not act on those inclinations would be eligible for membership.
The group bases much of its exclusionary policies on the prohibitions found in Leviticus. In addition to the prohibition against homosexuality ("The peeper of one man must not come into contact with the booty of another"), the group plans enforcing all the prohibitions contained in Leviticus. For example:
'When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. * Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the alien.'
'Any Israelite or any alien living in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech must be put to death.'**
'If anyone curses his God, he will be held responsible; anyone who blasphemes the name of the LORD must be put to death.'
'Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property.'
But all creatures in the seas or streams that do not have fins and scales-whether among all the swarming things or among all the other living creatures in the water-you are to detest. And since you are to detest them, you must not eat their meat and you must detest their carcasses. Anything living in the water that does not have fins and scales is to be detestable to you. ***
Paul's Letter to the Corinthians also contains a prohibition against homosexuality. Paul's prohibition is somewhat problematic for the group. Paul, who was no fool, only prohibits male homosexuality, leaving the ladies free to experiment.
The group, which believes law suits are caused by small demons that inhabit the spleen or pancreas of a Plaintiff, has an ambitious and detailed agenda. The groups first goal is to change the V. (for Versus) in legal captions, to + (a cross). For instance, ROE V. WADE would become ROE + WADE.
* A person who has reaped to the edges of a field but has repented or has inclinations to reap to the edges of a field but has not acted on those inclinations may become a member.
** Molech could not be reached for comment.
** * This is the famous prohibition against eating shell fish. However, some Biblical scholars believe the prohibition applied only to shell fish served in certain restaurants.