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Cruz Launches Investigation into Yale Law School’s Treatment of Christian Students, Organizations

By Craig Bannister | May 21, 2019 | 12:01pm EDT
Sen. Ted Cruz (Getty/Chip Somodevilla)

On Tuesday, Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced that he is looking into potential “unconstitutional animus” and discrimination by Yale Law School against Christian students and organizations.

Cruz has sent two letters to Yale regarding his concern that the school is targeting traditional Christian values and sexual ethics, the senator’s press release explains:

“U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary's Subcommittee on the Constitution, on Monday sent a letter to Yale Law School requesting that the school turn over documents related to its discriminatory policy against students serving in organizations professing traditional Christian views or adhering to traditional sexual ethics.

“The letter follows Sen. Cruz's letter in April, where he notified Yale Law School's Dean Heather Gerken of his intent to investigate Yale's policy, which he described as brought about by "unconstitutional animus and a specific discriminatory intent both to blacklist Christian organizations and to punish Yale students whose values or religious faith lead them to work there."

Monday’s letter requests documents pertaining to Yale’s “public interest funding” decisions, policies and practices.

In particular, Cruz asks for information on how much public interest funding has been provided to abortion activist and other liberal groups, such as Planned Parenthood, compared to conservative organizations like The Heritage Foundation and The Beckett Fund:

“Any and all documents stating the amount of funding that the following entities or organizations have received, or the amount of funding that students have received for their employment with or employment arranged through the following entities or organizations, over any time period, related to any or all of Yale Law School’s public interest funding programs:

a) Planned Parenthood

b) NARAL

c) The Center for Reproductive Rights

d) The National Right to Life Committee

e) Susan B. Anthony List

f) Americans United for Life

g) Human Rights Campaign

h) Amnesty International

i) Lambda Legal

j) GLAAD

k) ACLU

l) The Heritage Foundation

m) Beckett Fund

n) First Liberty

0) Alliance Defending Freedom, including the Blackstone Legal Fellowship program

p) The Cato Institute

q) Southern Poverty Law Center

r) The Organization of Islamic Cooperation

s) Any foreign government

The letter also asks Yale to disclose the amount of funding, of any kind, the school receives from the federal government.

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