First, a caveat. I am an Australian Catholic whose information about these clubs does not extend much beyond their being referred to in the movie The Social Network.
But even I can recognise the irony here:
The irony of course is that a university originally established to train white Protestant clergymen and long a bastion of the American elite eventually admitted Jews and Catholics and women and, most recently, named a Catholic woman as its president. She has now decreed that no member of these exclusive men’s clubs can hold “leadership positions” in the student body.
What lesson can be learned? Maybe something about the corrosive effects of liberalism? Maybe an example of that Arab saying about “not letting a camel get his nose under the tent”?
In any case, the irony runs deep.