Wednesday, December 7, 2005


I haven't really been all that interested in following the Solomon case with the SCOTUS, but stumbled across an article about it in the Harvard Crimson. At issue are schools First Amenedment protection where federal funding and military recruiting is concerned. The Solomon Amendment says that if you take ferderal funds, you have to allow military recruiting on campus. Harvard requires all recruiters to sign an anti discrimination pledge, which includes gays, something the military can not sign... so they are not allowed to recruit, so the feds pull the money.

There are a number of interesting little tidbits in here... it's interesting to me that 6 of the 9 Justices on the Supreme Court went to law school at Harvard. I also found it interesting that ustice Roberts would make a salient point.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. ‘76 then interjected, “The only reason that they don’t believe you is because you’re willing to take the money. You’re saying, ‘This is a message we believe in strongly, but we don’t believe in it to the penalty of $100 million dollars.’”

In fact, at Roberts’ alma mater, the penalty would be more than four times that figure for violating the Solomon Amendment. Facing Pentagon threats to block federal funding, Harvard Law School announced in October that it would again cooperate with military recruiters

Leading us to the most interesting (and frustrating) part: Harvard gets $400 MILLION a year from taxpayers? Why?

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