A Student Government Association (SGA) candidate at the University of Houston (UH) was recently denied a position on the SGA Supreme Court, reportedly because of her religious beliefs.
UH student Mya Little attended her school’s SGA reunion on June 29 in hopes of earning the position of SGA associate judge, UH Student Newspaper The Puma reported.
Little read a Bible verse in her opening speech, a move that sparked conflict in the room over whether she had a “latent bias” that would influence her court decisions.
Little attempted to defend himself, stating that “[s]As long as respect is exchanged between them, I don’t think opinions should be labeled as bias.
The defense, however, had little impact, and Little was then asked to leave the room so that SGA could discuss the matter in privacy.
During this discussion, SGA members expressed concerns about Little’s religious beliefs, with Senate Speaker Aryana Azizi noting “the heightened concern about religious influence in government following the decision of U.S. Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade,” according to The Puma.
That of the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, who knocked down deercontained no religious reasoning or justification.
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In the end, Little couldn’t get enough votes and was barred from becoming the first black woman to hold the desired position. According The Pumathis “was a disappointment for several members of the SGA”.
SGA Senate Chair Aryana Azizi spoke with Campus Reform about what happened during the meeting, as well as his reaction to how the debacle unfolded.
“There was some initial tension in the room,” Azizi said. Campus Reform“but I want to commend my administration for treating each other with respect after the debate ended.”
When asked if the UH SGA supports the First Amendment rights of individuals, including religious freedom, Azizi replied, “Freedom of religion is absolutely protected by the SGA and, additionally, by the ‘University of Houston.’
Azizi’s responses, however, appeared to conflict with his statements during the SGA dispute, as reported The Puma.
In that report, Azizi reportedly said, “Personally, I think it’s a bit tone deaf given the current political climate. I don’t think this is the time to preach about religion given the obvious lack of separation of church and state in our federal government.
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When asked to comment, Chris Stipes, director of media relations at UH, was quick to point out that the university supports the First Amendment rights of its students.
“UH is committed to fostering a learning environment where free inquiry and expression are encouraged, First Amendment rights are protected, and constructive speech is not only protected but encouraged,” Stipes said. Campus Reform.
He went on to say that “[d]differences of opinion are the natural byproduct of such discourse, and UH remains committed to the principles of free and open expression.
Stipes also explained that UH does not intervene in SGA issues.
“The SGA is a registered student organization subject to its own governance. The administration of the HU does not intervene in the SGA. The organization is truly “of students, by students, for students”. The University and its SGA Advisor encourage the organization to work within its governing documents to resolve any issues that arise.
Campus Reform contacted UH SGA and Mya Little for comment, but did not receive a response.
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