Many years ago — early in my litigation career against campus censorship and repression — I challenged in court a policy that confidently declared, “Acts of intolerance will not be tolerated.”
Think about that sentence for a moment — would the university violate its own policy against intolerance by not tolerating intolerance, and then be forced to punish itself? At any rate, a federal judge struck it down, and that particular phrase of repressive college doublespeak started to disappear into the memory hole.
But universities can’t tell the truth about this hostility, so they make utterly nonsensical statements like this, from Cal State’s lawyer, “Our mission is education, not exclusivity.”
What does this even mean? Cal State’s policy is fundamentally and intentionally exclusive, motivated by “education” only to the extent that it educates its students that there’s something wrong with faithful Christian students, that the exercise of their faith is harmful to the campus. In other words, exclusion is the point of Cal State’s “education.”