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College Military Battle

By: Drew Levinson
By: Drew Levinson

With America at war and a push for more soldiers, it appears the military is headed for a major victory in the nation’s highest court.

Though a Supreme Court ruling over whether colleges can turn away military recruiters is months away, the justices sounded like their minds were already made up to uphold the current law.

The law schools are taking a position on first amendment grounds, and that position is in interference with military recruiting, no doubt about it.

That law states universities must give military recruiters the same access as other businesses or give up grant money totaling more than $35 billion a year.

At the heart of the issue is this: the military promotes a don't ask, don't tell policy regarding gays that says many law schools are discriminatory, especially when the schools forbid other agencies and companies with those sorts of polices from recruiting on campus.

A group of law schools sued the Pentagon in a battle that went all the way to the top court.

"Using the government's powers to force universities to discriminate is un-American."

Peter Sprigg says, :It is unfortunate that some schools give priority to political correctness over the needs of our national defense.”

Aspiring attorneys at New York University Law School argue both sides.

Rafael Parker, a law student, says, “This is not about hating the military at all.”

David Greenberg, also a law student, adds, “I feel it gets caught up in just the anti-military vibe on campuses.”

And New Chief Justice John Roberts had a simple solution: turn down the federal cash, a tactic most schools can't afford.


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