"Ending a decade-long battle in favor of the Defense Department," the New York Times reports, "the court [8 to 0] rejected the argument of law school faculty members that being forced to associate with military recruiters violated their First Amendment rights to free speech and association. At issue in the case of Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights, or FAIR, No. 04-1152, is the Solomon Amendment, which withholds federal grants from universities that do not open their doors to military recruiters 'in a manner at least equal in quality and scope' to the access offered civilian recruiters."And an interesting observation from page 8 of the March issue of the VFW magazine,
Is Harvard Doing Saudi Arabia's Bidding?
Harvard and other elite universities are by now well-known for their opposition to ROTC on campus, supposedly because of the military's homosexual-related policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." So why is it that Harvard is happy to accept money from a theocratic regime that regards homosexuality as a capita crime carrying a penalty of beheading?
Because Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal gave $20 million to Harvard and an additional $20 million to Georgetown to promote the study of Islam. The latter is renaming its center after the royal prince and the former is bestowing his name on its program, according to the New York Times Magazine. Talal donated the money for studies that "fit my overall global vision."
Harvard apparently has no qualms about promoting the Saudi royal family's agenda, but allowing ROTC on campus obviously offends its academic sense of morality.