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Student organization suing Texas A&M for discrimination


COLLEGE STATION--A student organization is suing Texas A&M for not providing funds for political and religious student groups.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday comes after the student group, Texas Aggies Conservatives. The group was denied a request for funding back in February. They wanted to bring a guest speaker, but their request was denied because TAC is a social and political organization.

According to the complaint filed, A&M officials have given the same funding to the NAACP and a Muslim student organization

"It's really a case of view point discrimination," TAC attorney David Hacker said. "Where the university is picking its favorites and funding only particular kinds of speech rather than opening the market place of ideas to all student groups."

The university declined to comment Wednesday saying, "It's our practice to refrain from commenting on pending legal matters."

However you can find the process for applying for student organization funds online. It says religious, Memorial Student Center, political and social issues, sports, and health science center organizations are ineligible for funding. It also says that requests for funding go to a student run committee.

The money in this "funding pool" comes from donations from The Association of Former Students.

TAC is being represented by the Alliance Defense Fund, which is a group of Christian attorneys. They say they've gone through similar lawsuits with some success.