Conservative clubs aren't welcome at Samford University for fear that their presence might offend communists on campus. For the foreseeable future, the Southern Baptist college will remain a safe space for Marxists.
Before Thanksgiving break, the administration blocked students from founding a Young America's Freedom chapter. The conservative students' application was rejected, the Faculty Senate explained, because of "inflammatory language" in the organization's national charter.
"We're looking for the YAF student group to amend or justify the inflammatory language listed in their purpose," a Samford official wrote in an email obtained by the Washington Examiner. "This is the direct statement from the Sharon Statement that, though likely appropriate in 1960, does not hold the same in 2016."
The brainchild of National Review's William F. Buckley, YAF has been a conservative vanguard of sorts on campus for more than half a century. From Hillsdale to Cornell, colleges across the country and the ideological spectrum have hosted the group.
A hub for wannabe Reagans and aspiring Jack Kemps, the organization is organized around the Sharon Statement, which the New York Times described as the "seminal document" of conservatism and Samford officials ruled verboten. Controversial in the 1960s, the document is standard issue conservative today. The principles aren't jarring.
The Sharon Statement maintains that rights come from a God, that economic and political freedom are prerequisites to a free society, and that the best government is a limited one. In addition, the statement maintains that communism must be defeated, not just contained.
That last point proved too much for Samford. And YAF wasn't welcome, student Karalee Geis explained, because the faculty "said that we were not being kind to those who had a communist background."
Samford's decision to blacklist the conservative group demonstrates a lack of historical and political literacy. The university's Christian mission statement dovetails with the Sharon statement but deadlocks with basic and godless Marxist dogma.
Philip Wegmann is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.