Early Tuesday morning, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr asking the Department of Justice to keep a close eye on Yale University and to revoke their federal funding if their law school continues to “target religious students for special disfavor.”
Hawley — a Yale Law School graduate himself — went after his legal alma mater on Tuesday, taking aim at a new policy by the university preventing students that work for “certain faith-based organizations from accessing resources available to all other students.”
The junior senator from Missouri raised the point that Yale’s policy did not provide “an exemption for religious organizations” in light of federal law recognizing that “religious organizations often cannot fulfill their unique missions without considering religion while hiring.”
Hawley continued, going in on Yale for creating the policy “in response to student protesters” and saying that the “new policy” the school announced it would be introducing may not be good enough “after receiving negative media attention.”
“Last Thursday, after receiving negative media attention for targeting religious students, Yale changed its tune and now says that it will craft a new policy that includes an exemption for ‘religious organizations.’ But the circumstances surrounding Yale’s announcement suggest that whatever exception Yale does create may be inadequate.
When Yale first announced its policy, it did not do so in a void; it did so in response to student protesters. Those protesters demanded that Yale strip funding from students who work for Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious organization.”
Hawley also claimed that Yale “specifically identified students who work for Alliance Defending Freedom as students the policy targets.”
He then asked the Department of Justice to watch the Ivy League school as it changes its policy and to revoke Yale’s federal funding if it continues to “target religious students for special disfavor.”