Mike Adams

The president of that group claims that he offered to submit the application with an addendum objecting to the provision in the application that prohibits discrimination based on religious affiliation. In other words, he wanted to form a Christian group that was actually comprised of Christians.

The president alleges that Jonathan Curtis told the group that if they turned in an application by which they did not intend to abide, he would take them to Honor Court for lying to a university official. This threat was issued just three months after the UNC administration was exposed for lying about the scope of their harassment of student religious organizations. One of those lies included a denial that they had been threatened with a lawsuit by a Christian organization after the original controversy broke out in January. That initial controversy was between the university and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship.

After Curtis threatened the group with Honor Court hearings, the president of Alpha Iota Omega claims that he asked for an explanation in writing. He reports that Curtis said that he needed to check with the legal department first and then he would email the group. They report that no email was ever sent to them.

Then, just before Christmas, the group noticed that their web access was gone.  When the president met with Curtis again in February of 2004, he was told that the group was no longer recognized. In other words, de-recognition of the Christian group was accomplished without leaving a paper trail.

In March, the president went to the Student Activities Funds Office (SAFO) to conduct a transaction.  According to him, Curtis was there and instructed the SAFO director to cancel the group?s account due to their recognition status.

Freezing the funds of student groups and banning them from meeting on campus is a serious matter. It is something that UNC once did in a manner that was illegal but, fortunately, was fully documented by their internal records. Now it is something that the university does illegally and without any documentation.

In other words, UNC once trashed religious liberty in the name of diversity. Now the university trashes both religious liberty and due process in the name of diversity.

This new information reminds me of another UNC controversy that took place in 2002. In that controversy, the administration rightly fought efforts to stop them from using a controversial book called Approaching the Koran in their summer reading program.

After the controversy was resolved, Chancellor James Moeser (chancellor@unc.edu) stood in front of the National Press Club in Washington, DC, reading emails from people he said were threatening academic freedom at UNC.  One email said, ?You are doing the work of Satan, and you will surely perish in the lake of fire.? After Moeser read that email he declared, ?All of this because we asked our students to read a book.?

But now the public knows the rest of the story. Back then, UNC administrators were simply posing as defenders of the Constitution against a wave of religious zealotry. In reality, they have long been violating the Constitution in name of religious zealotry. That is, if you consider diversity to be a form of religion. I certainly do.

I guess this whole episode is a testament to the power of free speech after all. Sometimes a little sunlight shows that a ?rebel with a cause? is really a bigot with an agenda.

Dr. Mike Adams intends to call (919.962.1365) and fax (919.962.1647) James Moeser to ask when his university became exempt from the requirements of the United States Constitution.


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.