A student organization formed to foster or affirm the sincerely held religious beliefs of its members may adopt a nondiscrimination statement that is consistent with those beliefs.
What?! I can't believe I didn't notice this or think about its implications earlier! How come a religious organization gets a special get-out-of-bigot-jail-free card? What makes religious belief any different from or more valid than strongly held political or social beliefs? Why should any other organizations have to follow the nondiscrimination clause inclusion policy if religious organizations can get the easy out?
People have the right to believe what they want. But a university is not a free-for-all speech zone. Nor should it be. A university is not a public forum. It is not a place where anything goes. It is a place that you must apply to in order to gain the privilege of attending. It is a place that is supposed to foster intellectual development. Of course we should encourage the discussion (and examination!) of all points of view, but it's perfectly and entirely within a university's rights to say that something is unacceptable, and to create rules and policies that it believes foster the best environment for learning.
I'm not anti-religion. To the contrary. I'm a Jew. I attend religious services most weeks and on holidays. Though my definition of God may be different than some, the fact remains that I believe in God. Finally, I was not born into this faith - I converted. I came to it based on belief.
And so I say as a person of faith and as a Buckeye student leader: To permit a student organization's discrimination simply based on religious belief is wholly unacceptable. Pun not intended. These organizations receive university funding. Why should they get a break from the rules that the rest of us have to follow?