This is just stupid!
I guess these 31 law schools want our military to dwindle. They are attempting to ban recruiters from working on campuses, which is where I was confronted to join the military nine years ago. At any rate, I'll let you form your own opinion, but if you want mine, we should send a squad of these lawyers into Iraq and ask them if we could maintain operations with our Army's current size... not that size matters.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court said Monday that it will settle a pivotal battle over whether colleges can ban military recruiters from campuses without losing federal funds.
The case pits free speech and academic freedom against the power of the purse and the need for a strong national defense.
A coalition of 31 law schools says forcing them to accommodate military recruiters also forces them to endorse the Pentagon's discrimination against gays and lesbians, at odds with the schools' anti-discrimination policies.
They say a 1994 law that threatens to cut federal funding for colleges that ban military recruiters violates their rights to choose what ideas they embrace or support. Other employers who discriminate are also banned from recruiting.
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia agreed with the law schools and declared the law unconstitutional.
But the government says the law, known popularly as the Solomon Amendment, is an essential tool for "effective recruitment ... to sustain an all-volunteer military, particularly at a time of war."
Government lawyers say the measure doesn't violate the law schools' free-speech rights because it doesn't force them to allow recruiters. They can bar them and forgo federal funds.
The case arises at least partly because of an increased need for recruitment after 9-11.
The law has existed since 1994, and most colleges had worked out compromises, neither banning military recruiters nor giving them the kind of choice access reserved for favored employers. Often, military recruiters were denied assistance from placement offices or excluded from some recruiting events.
But after 9-11 and with wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the government began to demand that law schools give military recruiters the same access as other employers. In 2004, Congress amended the law to that effect.
The court will hear the case in the fall and likely decide it by June 2006.