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.
In a conversation I had with Chuck Strawn, executive director of “communiversity” at Azusa, he and other administrators expressed disagreement with language used on the Foundation’s website, and therefore Blackwell and her fellow students couldn’t be affiliated with YAF. Strawn admitted that their decision was based on his and other’s opinions and not on the school’s written policy.
Strawn said he was particularly bothered by the following language on Young America’s Foundation’s website:
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?