While reading an old news story about the Supreme Court, I realized the push to have no discrimination takes the fun out of life.
The story on Christianity Today described a case before the Supreme Court involving the University of California law school and the local chapter of the Christian Legal Society. The law school claims that the group’s policy prohibiting all but Christians to occupy leadership positions within the society violates the school’s non-discrimination policy. Being lawyers, the Christian society decided to resist.
What made me realize the extent to which non-discrimination will take the fun out of life was a comment made by the defense’s lawyer, Michael McConnell. He noted that the school’s rules do allow organizations to restrict membership based on attendance and competitive contests to qualify for the group. Many people would say, “That’s silly,” but McConnell merely pointed out the ultimate conclusion of this extreme form of inclusiveness: we will not be able to have fun.
The long-running show Jeopardy will have to be cancelled: it discriminates against the less intelligent. Football players will no longer need pads, because the games will be decided by a group hug that lasts for four quarters in order to include the physically unfit (and no instant replay will be allowed). Ladies, the next time a guy asks you out, be sure to have your lawyer on speed-dial if you turn him down.
Diversity, and the freedom to use that diversity, add a lot of fun to life. The NFL should not be forced to let me play quarterback (and thus ruin the chances of the New England Patriots), because the games will be a lot more interesting for fans and players alike. Also, all of the women who turned me down for dates were not necessarily evil for doing so. I am not qualified to participate in the NFL, and maybe I wasn’t right for those women (but seriously, did so many of you have to reject me before I found my wife?).
Obviously there are evil forms of discrimination that should be avoided; however, the kind of inclusiveness that this law school advocates may be as evil. Will my church be forced to hire a Buddhist during the next pastoral call, despite the fact that none of the congregants believe in that Asian religion? Will I be allowed to form a club that meets to play only chess and reject people who only want to play checkers? Can we give prizes to reward those who work hard, or would that discriminate against the lazy? It is ironic, but this extreme form of inclusiveness seems poised to eliminate the very diversity it claims to protect.