In order to maintain diversity and make use of our First Amendment rights, (our fraternity) will not change its charter to align with the University?s anti-discrimination policy. If on February 14, our privileges as an officially recognized organization are indeed revoked; we will regretfully have no choice but to seek legal recourse. I thank you for your time, your consideration, and your part in making this community one in which students can freely pursue their own ambitions.
After I wrote my initial article accusing your administration of systematically violating the constitutional rights of Christian organizations, your form response to my readers included the following three assertions:
1. The controversy over forcing religious organizations to admit members regardless of factors such as religion and sexual orientation was limited to one organization; Intervarsity Christian Fellowship.
2. The controversy was resolved in January 2003.
3. The controversy was resolved amicably.
Remember that the above email was sent directly to you on February 11, 2003. Also note that it was not sent by Intervarsity but rather, a different Christian organization on your campus. And, of course, this threat of litigation cannot be described as amicable.
This leads me to ask you the following questions; 1) What would you say to people who might conclude that UNC Chapel Hill has been systematically violating the constitutional rights of Christian organizations (plural)? And, 2) What would you say to those who might conclude that the UNC Chapel Hill administration has not been truthful with the public about the nature and extent of those violations?
Finally, Chancellor, if your administration is not committed to the constitution, then how can you preach to us about academic freedom? And if your administration does not tell the truth at all times, how can you punish your students for academic dishonesty?
Mike S. Adams can be reached at www.DrAdams.org.
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