When discrimination is necessary for diversity

Groups — religious or otherwise — need to be able to define themselves

Bowdoin College

Over a decade ago, the college I attended had a student group that existed to change its purpose every semester. Collegiate memories are an inexact thing, but I recall that it was once a Nietzschean Hole Diggers Club and used its budget to buy shovels. You know, for digging holes in the ground while discussing the transvaluation of values. In another semester it was a Hippie Hygiene club that gave out bars of soap to people who were deemed in need of an insulting gesture.

What would have been even stranger, though, is if my college had required the club to allow a Lockean Ditch Repairer or an unwashed tree-hugger to lead it.

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