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A federal ruling on student groups and religious freedom, according to CHE:

A Roman Catholic group at the University of Wisconsin at Madison lacks a sufficient number of students on its board to receive financing from the institution, a federal judge ruled today. The Associated Press reported that a U.S. district judge in Madison, John C. Shabaz, ruled that the U-W Madison Roman Catholic Foundation had failed to comply with a university requirement that student groups be “directed and controlled” by students.
However, the judge also ordered the university to stop enforcing its nondiscrimination policy against religious groups, according the Associated Press. The Catholic group had argued that it had the right to limit its membership to Catholics, and that the university had violated a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, issued in 2000, that requires colleges to award mandatory student fees without regard to the viewpoint of a group.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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