Young Americans Gets A “No” At Azusa Pacific University
A groups of students at Azusa Pacific University can’t start their own “Young Americans For Freedom” club. The Christian university near Los Angeles had a group of conservatives that wanted to start the club, but the university said “no” because of the “group’s principles” according to an article by Fox commentator Todd Starnes.
The program sponsored by the Young America’s Foundation try to get people to learn about a strong national defense, individual freedom, the free enterprise system and traditional values. This is still America. What is so wrong with a club that promotes America? I just don’t get it. It is a college campus. In my opinion, they should allow many different clubs that allow many different views so college students can learn, challenge each other and most importantly…..form their own opinions.
I hate when some university stops a club where kids want to know more about something that interests them. They have clubs for all sorts of things, but a club about some of the basic things about America is a “no”! Are we still in America? This stinks! Let the club form even if you don’t agree with it!
School officials say there are no rules banning the club, but it was their opinion that it should not be on campus. Want to know why? Here is what Starnes reports the university had a problem with:
“Are you tired of liberal ideas dominating your campus? Are you tired of liberal and Marxist professors indoctrinating your classmates? Do you want to advance conservatism?
“If you answered yes, then you should start a Young Americans for Freedom chapter. YAF chapters make a difference by boldly advancing freedom and conservatism.
“Radical feminists, big government bureaucrats, fringe environmentalists, race-baiters, Islamo-fascists, and run of the mill leftists are distraught that you would even think about promoting conservative ideas.”
You may not like anything that this club thinks, but this is America, and yes, I think on a college campus, young adults should be talking about, and questioning these and other issues. You may not agree with any of these topics above, but as an American don’t you think these young adults deserve, as Americans, to a least discuss these issues in a club? It is their first amendment right!
They hate the name, they hate the group, and it sounds like they hate what the group wants to discuss. They are being censored. Just let them assemble and speak.
Starnes reports that Jennifer Walsh, the associate dean for Azusa Pacific’s college of liberal arts, was a part of the discussions that ultimately led to the group being banned.
“We are sensitive to the need to make sure we are keeping our Christ-centered identity first and not allow students to align themselves with groups that are overtly partisan,” she told Fox News.
Walsh confirmed that the university’s student life director “was a little troubled” by some of the language on the YAF website.
“The (website) seemed to be intentionally pitched to students who are facing a hostile learning environment,” she said. “That’s not what we have at Azusa Pacific.”
“It wasn’t so much that YAF is promoting conservative views,” she said. “It was more that it didn’t match the climate on campus. It might encourage discourse that is overtly partisan.”
It is their university, they do get to decide, but partisan discussion, as some suggests it is, is just a part of life. The young adults though can think about starting a club, but they are not going to be able to do it on the campus. They can probably discuss this issue at their first meeting.