But the most important outcome was that the students got angry and got pro bono assistance from attorneys who helped them demand public records on UNCG diversity expenditures. When the university realized they were on the verge of a lawsuit they relented.
And so “Morals Week” was initiated at UNCG in 2004. The first keynote speaker was Dr. Mike S. Adams who demanded that the university match the porn star’s fee of $3000. I had plenty enough money to buy a 30.06 and give two-thirds of the money (after taxes) back to the CR chapter to start a conservative paper.
Many of my readers already know that the first issue of the conservative paper focused on an OSL employee who was a convicted pedophile – readers remember the OSL as the office that likes to avoid controversy – helping to schedule student speakers and events. He was fired about 48 hours after the story about his criminal record was published.
When Morals Week 2005 rolled around I gave another speech – and, needless to say, bought another gun – to an audience that included a true First Amendment heroine named Allison Jaynes. As a libertarian, she was listening carefully to my speech about government control of free speech and how to fight it. Her target, later that year, would be UNCG’s now defunct “speech zone” policy.
In December of 2005, Allison and her UNCG Libertarian friends bravely and deliberately violated the policy that allowed free speech on just 1% of the Greensboro campus. Holding signs that said “UNCG Hates Free Speech” they stepped outside the zone and were ticketed by university authorities. In other words, the university responded by saying “You aren’t allowed to say we hate free speech!”
When the backlash against their reprimand became too much to bear in the court of public opinion, UNCG got rid of the policy. Like true revolutionaries the Libertarians asked “What can we do to piss them off next?” (I’m not kidding. They actually asked that).
In February of 2006, I would find the answer to that question when I was approached after a speech at Wake Forest University. The UNCG CR President was holding a letter, which was co-signed by the UNCG Libertarian President. They were threatening the university with a lawsuit unless they got rid of a policy, which prevented them from kicking people out of their group for not adhering to certain beliefs.
This idea that a group can discriminate on the basis of beliefs – yes, even when using public funds – was inspired by the NAACP practice of removing members of the KKK who, of course, believed in segregation. Apparently, the administration needed a threat of litigation to help them relinquish the KKK perspective on freedom of association.
Shortly after this third major policy victory, Morals Week 2006 was held. But there won’t be just one Morals Week in 2007. The College Republicans will be promoting Morals Week on twenty campuses this year. And it is due to nothing more than the sheer persistence and courage of a bunch of kids who refuse to be bullied by academic leftists – even those who have power over their academic future.
Put simply, Morals Week is spreading across North Carolina with greater speed and permanence than an outbreak of genital herpes. And the liberals are getting nervous because they can’t seem to find a cure.