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Azusa Pacific University Censors Conservative Students
Breitbart ^ | 10/5/12 | Patrick X. Coyle

Posted on 10/06/2012 5:44:52 AM PDT by CharlesThe Hammer

Azusa Pacific University has blocked students from forming a Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter, which is a project of Young America’s Foundation. Administrators said they are banning the group because they disagree with principles stated on YAF’s national website.

Ashley Blackwell, the would-be chair of the chapter, is currently the chair of a generic conservative club at APU and wants to formally affiliate with YAF. Ashley and other key members of her club have attended a number of Foundation conferences both in Washington, D.C., and at the Reagan Ranch, which Young America's Foundation has owned and preserved since 1998.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: academia; conservatism; equity; liberty
The University is operating in contradiction to its own published rules and goals. A few leftist professors are stifling legitimate political expression by young conservatives while permitting a "Young Progressives" club. Here is information from the University's own web site:

http://www.apu.edu/communiversity/clubs/list/

"Azusa Pacific University Young Progressives We as Azusa Pacific University Progressives dedicate ourselves to social justice, environmental harmony and a sustainable society that is based on individual responsibility and empathy. We strive to promote a better United States with opportunity, equality, and freedom within a just and strong society."

Ashley Blackwell, the leader of the conservative students, could use some "tactical air support" from the Freepers. If you'd like to do some philosophical "carpet bombing", here's the contact info:

Dr. Jon R. Wallace Office of the President Azusa Pacific University PO Box 7000 Azusa, CA 91702-7000 626) 812-3075, x-3075

communiversity@apu.edu

clubsandorgs@apu.edu

1 posted on 10/06/2012 5:45:01 AM PDT by CharlesThe Hammer
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To: CharlesThe Hammer
I was curious as to what phrase that Azusa would find offensive, so I looked it up and web site said this is it: Are you tired of liberal ideas dominating your campus? Are you tired of liberal and Marxist professors indoctrinating your classmates? Do you want to advance conservatism?

I guess if I were a school and the students wanted a club which insulted the school, I can see Azusa point.

Azusa Pacific is a Christian school so I am trying to figure out how liberal they really are.

2 posted on 10/06/2012 5:57:09 AM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer
I't APU (one of) BO's alma maters? Aren't they supposed to be a Christian University? If so, which brand runs them? Rev. Wright's?
3 posted on 10/06/2012 6:00:54 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

Fascists have never allowed anyone to shine the light of truth on their subjects.


4 posted on 10/06/2012 6:03:04 AM PDT by Snuph ("give me Liberty...")
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To: svcw

“Are you tired of liberal ideas dominating your campus? Are you tired of liberal and Marxist professors indoctrinating your classmates? Do you want to advance conservatism?”

And so, in order to prove that the university is intellectually diverse and disprove the preceding statement, the administration bans the conservative association while granting official assent to the progressive one? This requires cognitive dissonance. It’s irrational.


5 posted on 10/06/2012 6:14:09 AM PDT by CharlesThe Hammer
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

APU used to be a very conservative Christian college.


6 posted on 10/06/2012 6:17:15 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

There is a fully functioning conservative club on campus, that has not been denied.
The school has said the conservative club can not be officially associated with YAF.


7 posted on 10/06/2012 6:20:15 AM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Snuph

Who are fascists?
There is a conservative club on campus.
What is your point?


8 posted on 10/06/2012 6:22:05 AM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: svcw

APU is close to us. They have a terrific music department, absolutely top-notch. As a musician, I know music students/ colleagues there. It is reputed to be conservative and orthodox in theology, quite well thought of. I do not believe all the professors are conservative, though - this is rarely the case in the world today. They do have a Statement of Faith they have to sign.

Probably the reference to ‘your professors’ and ‘Marxist’ is a little too much for them.


9 posted on 10/06/2012 7:05:41 AM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer
..a Wesleyan Methodist school who has made a fortune off of online education.

Someone in my family works for the Young America Foundation and the Reagan Museum-- I'll remember this the next time anyone suggests supporting anything of theirs

10 posted on 10/06/2012 7:55:41 AM PDT by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: bboop

You maybe correct on that. My daughter went to Westmont and I was surprised at the liberalism of some of her professors. She is getting her masters now from Hope, they seem about the same.
My brother received his masters from Azua about 20 years ago, I’ll ask him how is was then.


11 posted on 10/06/2012 8:10:19 AM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

The key is to press on, despite the opposition.

I’m here, I’m staying, and I’m going to keep doing what I want.
You have no basis to stop me!


12 posted on 10/06/2012 8:10:59 AM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: Vigilanteman
0bama went to Occidental College, very liberal. Claimed he played on their basketball team but no one seems to remember him not are there photos of him on the team.
13 posted on 10/06/2012 9:17:40 AM PDT by chrisinoc
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To: chrisinoc

Occidental College was very liberal when Obama went there and is today hard-core left.


14 posted on 10/06/2012 9:53:47 AM PDT by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: WalterSkinner

..on supporting anything of APU I meant—Saturday morning My Bad...


15 posted on 10/06/2012 10:07:05 AM PDT by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: Vigilanteman

I am an alumnus of APU (MSOL ‘06). They are the largest evangelical Christian university (started by the Methodists) in the US with God First as their motto. I will be letting them know what I think about their decision as I do donate to them.


16 posted on 10/06/2012 2:02:30 PM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: svcw

A close friend of ours, college administration level, VERY influential man, told me - “If you want to study Christian psychology and make sure it is Christian, you will find it at Azusa Pacific.”


17 posted on 10/06/2012 2:27:13 PM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: bjorn14; chrisinoc
Thanks, both of you, for the clarification.

Years ago, I worked in California and drove by APU on my way to work. It wasn't a bad commute as California goes, only about 25 minutes, and I remember APU as having a beautiful campus.

Really, really sad to see a respectable Christian founded university taken over by leftwing moonbats.

18 posted on 10/06/2012 8:35:18 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: svcw

The “Conservative Club” seeks the affiliation. If you read the descriptions the university provides for each club, you’ll note that there is no such blurb for the Conservative Club. That does not connote an organization that is “fully functioning” as you assert. While it is certainly the right of a private university to make a decision like the one APU has made, it is also the right of donors, alumni, students, and the larger community, to challenge that decision in relation to the university’s own stated goals. This is especially true in light of the Left’s “Long March” into the administration, curriculum, and teaching in our educational institutions. The Left’s national subversion of academia is an existential threat to liberty and the civil society. When it appears at a conservative institution like APU, it’s a clarion.


19 posted on 10/07/2012 2:48:45 AM PDT by CharlesThe Hammer
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

From the article: Ashley Blackwell, the would-be chair of the chapter, is currently the chair of a generic conservative club at APU and wants to formally affiliate with YAF.
The school said no official affiliation with YAF because of this: Are you tired of liberal ideas dominating your campus? Are you tired of liberal and Marxist professors indoctrinating your classmates? Do you want to advance conservatism?
From the schools website:
Service Clubs (many this is just one)
APU Young Conservatives

So the conservative club wants to officially align themselves with the YAF, the school said no, because the YAF trashes higher education.
It’s understandable.

Yes, there is a fully functional recognized conservative club on campus.


20 posted on 10/07/2012 8:23:03 AM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: svcw

You do not address the crux of the matter:
1. Where is the official description of the club?
answer- non existent

2. Conservative students in the “generic” Conservative club, such as it is, seek affiliation with like-minded students.
The “Communiversity” advisor dismisses their request. The mere term “communiversity” implies that their concerns about Marxism may have legitimate basis. The denial of free association is counter to American principles. The students are not “trashing” higher education by merely seeking to align with “like-minded” students in YAF as you allege. The school, as arbitrarily and capriciously represented by a single club advisor, is not “trashed” by conservative students wishing to more specifically define themselves. Such a decision is “understandable” only to one embracing the arbitrary and capricious nature of autocracy.


21 posted on 10/09/2012 4:43:47 PM PDT by CharlesThe Hammer
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

Start the club off campus. The school has NO CONSTITUTIONAL right to deny the right of free association.


22 posted on 10/09/2012 4:56:39 PM PDT by meyer (It's 1860 all over again - the taxpayer is the new "N" word)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer
From the article: Ashley Blackwell, the would-be chair of the chapter, is currently the chair of a generic conservative club at APU and wants to formally affiliate with YAF.

The school said no official affiliation with YAF because of this: Are you tired of liberal ideas dominating your campus? Are you tired of liberal and Marxist professors indoctrinating your classmates? Do you want to advance conservatism?

From the schools website:

Service Clubs (many this is just one)

APU Young Conservatives

So the conservative club wants to officially align themselves with the YAF, the school said no, because the YAF trashes higher education.

It’s understandable.

Yes, there is a fully functional recognized conservative club on campus.

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They (APU) lists a conservative club on their website.

The article states there is a conservative club on campus.

The school explained why they do not want this fully functional conservative club affiliated with YAF.

If you do not like my answer I am sorry, that's what the article says and what the school says about the issue.

If you do not like their (APU) response, take it up with them.

23 posted on 10/09/2012 5:04:53 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: svcw

“...take it up with them.”

Since that is the whole point of this post, it’s interesting that you finally apprehend it. This formally conservative school is falling to creeping socialism. A school official supervising the aptly named “communiversity” denies affiliation because he objects to being labeled as “leftist”, “liberal”, or “Marxist.” Since he “doth protest too much” it suggests the students may have a valid claim. The purpose here is to get Freepers, alumni, donors, parents, and students to reevaluate APU’s claims as a bona fide conservative institution.


24 posted on 10/10/2012 2:22:30 PM PDT by CharlesThe Hammer
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

The APU community is more conservative than 99% of US institutions of higher education. The fact that they denied YAF on religious grounds does not make them liberal. This issue has been construed as conservative vs liberal because YAF thinks every issue is about the persecution perceived by conservatives. Why doesn’t anyone discuss the real issue? A secular organization is trying to infiltrate a religious institution and the religious institution is asserting its Constitutional and federally guaranteed right to determine its official affiliations based upon how it wants to practice its faith. The organization that has proven it is not bona fide conservative is YAF — they say they defend the Constitution. But as soon as someone says no to YAF, the Constitutional protection of religious organizations goes out the window. YAF is attacking a sincere, conservative community of faith that puts its faith above politics of any kind. YAF can’t wrap their head around that because their politics are their religion. APU has a deeper mission than that.


25 posted on 10/11/2012 3:06:11 PM PDT by Allen67
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To: meyer

As a non-governmental institution, the school (however misguided) may impose whatever restrictions it wants on students without regard to what the state or federal Constitutions might permit of a public college.


26 posted on 10/11/2012 3:13:05 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Allen67

see post #19.


27 posted on 10/12/2012 3:00:44 AM PDT by CharlesThe Hammer
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To: CharlesThe Hammer
Chuck, my bet is that they ask the student leader of each club to write a blurb about the club. If they don't turn one in, it does not get published. Sounds like Blackwell is too busy writing for Fox News to write a blurb about her own club. Oh, did I use the name Ashley Blackwell in public? Here is an article where she is now asking to remain anonymous. See the link below. If YCC is not getting much publicity, it's because the leader of YCC apparently does not want it. Regardless, the assertion that because there is no description of the club means there is a widespread liberal bias at APU is a large leap. If there were proof that a description was written and turned in and then deleted or burned by an Islamo-fascist, Marxist, Satan worshipper who infiltrated the administration, then you have a case. But lacking evidence, there are a million possible explanations for why there is no description of the club. http://www.theclause.org/2012/10/apu-says-no-to-ycc-name-change/
28 posted on 10/20/2012 4:13:45 AM PDT by Allen67
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