New York’s Yeshiva University Defends Right to Religious Freedom & Self-Determination

In the wake of the United States Supreme Court’s decision on Wednesday, September 14 allowing a New York State’s Supreme Court decision directing Yeshiva University, an Orthodox Jewish institute of higher learning in New York City, to recognize an LGBTQ student group among its clubs to stand, the university has halted all of its club activities for the time being.

The institute’s president, Rabbi Ari Berman, stated that as a faith-based university, it has the right to establish clubs that are consistent with the teachings of the Torah, the Jewish holy text based on the Ten Commandments.

Following the ruling, the president of the university, Rabbi Ari Berman, said that faith-based universities have the right to establish clubs within its understanding of the Torah.

“Yeshiva University simply seeks that same right of self-determination,” he said.

The university’s decision to suspend all club activities is the latest development in a legal battle that started when a group of students sought recognition for a club named Y.U. Pride Alliance. The group sued the university after their application was refused, and New York State Supreme Court Justice Lynn R. Kotler ruled that the university was an educational institution and not a religious one and must follow New York law. The ruling would compel Yeshiva University to grant the LGBTQ group club status. After the university appealed the decision, the United States Supreme Court determined, after a brief stay of the New York court’s decision, that the institute was, in fact, obliged to recognize Y.U. Pride Alliance as one of its clubs.

Justices Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas, and Amy Coney Barrett joined Justice Samuel Alito in the dissenting opinion to the other justices’ majority decision. Justice Alito wrote that Yeshiva University was being forced to give up its religious freedom.

Yeshiva University has been directed by the U.S. Supreme Court to continue appealing the decision at the state court level.

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., writing for the four dissenters, said that further challenges were pointless and that the majority had inflicted grave harm on the university’s right to religious freedom. –


  1. Why is the Govt sticking their nose in Church matters? Has the Church told the Govt that all Govt employees need to be circumcised? Seems the Govt has a chitload of issues they need to fix concerning themselves.

  2. Why does Yeshiva University even have sodomites in their student body? Aren’t the students required to support the Torah in order to be admitted (Leviticus 18:22)? If they aren’t consistent in their admission requirements, they are subverting their own position. Nonetheless, they should be granted their First Amendment rights to practice their religion according to their principles.

  3. Reading your article helped me a lot and I agree with you. But I still have some doubts, can you clarify for me? I’ll keep an eye out for your answers.

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