Mike Adams

Dear Chancellor (James) Moeser:

In the summer of 2003, I wrote an article concerning an important First Amendment controversy at UNC Chapel Hill. You responded to readers who wrote your office suggesting that I had misrepresented the nature and extent of the particular controversy. I then wrote another article, which called into question the veracity of your form email. I also asked you some very direct questions that you have not yet answered. I am now writing to ask you a few more questions about an email you and several other administrators received in February of 2003. The text of that email follows:

Dear Sirs:

As the president of (our) Christian Fraternity, I have been alerted in the past month and a half that if our organization does not conform our constitution to the university?s anti-discriminatory policy then we will lose all privileges as an officially recognized group as of February 14. As the deadline approaches, I was hoping for a similar reprieve to the one granted to Intervarsity (Christian Fellowship), however it seems that one is not forthcoming.

This situation will put me in a predicament, which I would like to avoid. I must choose whether I will seek legal action against an institution, which I dreamed to come to for so long and one that has provided me with vast opportunities for which I will never be able to repay; or I will have to give up my First Amendment rights to freedom of religious exercise and freedom to peaceably assemble. In that process, I will compromise the purpose of our fraternity, to offer an alternative to secular fraternities for Christians who don?t want to be subject to the expectations of a secular fraternity member. I will also compromise the diversity, which this university tries to maintain. However, by making all organizations compromise their diverse purposes we will forever damage diversity in our community. Not only that, but what would I be doing to help other organizations who face similar problems whether these organizations be for African Americans, for Muslims, or for homosexuals? (Our fraternity) does not oppose diversity, instead we seek to utilize it to carve out our own section and purpose within the university community for those who are interested in exploring it.

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.