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Jul 29, 2019

Federal policy states that their research and education grants must comply with all Federal law, regulations, and policies. Yale is receiving federal grants, so their discrimination of religion is violating federal policy. Learn more at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.


When a student group demanded that Yale Law School end financial assistance to students choosing to intern or work for faith-based organizations, Yale complied.  Now, they’re under investigation.

Yale University’s endowment is $29.4 billion. Yet, it receives in excess of $480millionin federal grants and contracts.  As a private institution, Yale is entitled to discriminate on the basis of religion; however, under federal policy, federal contractors and grant recipients are not.

Now, Senator Ted Cruz, chairing the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, has opened an investigation.  The question is whether Yale’s new policy runs afoul of President Trump’s Executive Order designed to improve “Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at Colleges and Universities.

According to the EO, the various federal agencies administering grants and contracts to the nation’s top institutions of higher learning are to, “take appropriate steps . . . to ensure institutions that receive Federal research or education grants promote free inquiry, including through compliance with all applicable Federal laws, regulations, and policies.”

Yale Law School’s policy of “no stipends for religious work” violates this policy.  Taxpayers should not subsidize that decision with a half billiondollars in aid.  Religious organizations provide tremendous value to the citizens of this country.  Yale’s policy treats them as a scourge. 

To learn how First Liberty is protecting religious liberty for all Americans, visit FirstLiberty.org.

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