Mike Adams
Recently, columnist Walter Williams wrote an editorial claiming that many of America's universities have become "modern leaders of racism and intolerance." After citing numerous examples, Williams urged readers to search their local university's catalogue or website to see "whether it has multiculturalism, diversity or equity offices and programs." If so, he suggested that readers withhold donations, lest they unwittingly fund programs that promote racism and intolerance.

I am in complete agreement with Williams' article, but I would like to add a couple of suggestions.

First of all, potential donors need to be aware of a new tactic being employed at many public universities. This involves the use of the student group recognition process to force students to adopt beliefs alien to their conscience in order to promote "tolerance" and "inclusion."

Many readers remember the incident earlier this year involving Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) at UNC-Chapel Hill. Members of IVCF were told that they would be de-recognized if they did not remove the part of their constitution that required group officers to subscribe to orthodox Christian principles. Instead, they were asked to adopt a clause indicating that they did not discriminate on the basis of religion, sexual orientation, and a number of other factors. This was particularly troubling to IVCF, since de-recognition would result in the loss of funding as well as use of university facilities. In other words, they would be effectively banned from campus.

Thankfully, IVCF enlisted the help of The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). Shortly thereafter, FIRE attorney David French wrote a letter to UNC Chancellor James Moeser explaining that the university's diversity policies did not trump the United States Constitution. Upon hearing about this simple principle for the first time-one the rest of us learned about in our high school civics class-the university then withdrew its unconstitutional demands.

But then something strange happened. After learning that they could not threaten student groups with de-recognition for failing to abandon their core religious beliefs in favor of the university's diversity policies they continued to do just that. As a result, religious groups began to abandon "exclusionary" and "intolerant" requirements such as their "belief in God."


Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.