The Constitution is not ‘exclusionary.’ Your rejection of conservatives is.

Mar 19, 2019 by

In February, Syracuse University rejected an application for a conservative group to become a “Registered Student Organization.”

The university gave several reasons for the rejection, one of them being that the group’s view of the Constitution is “exclusionary” to some students.

Last month, when my school, Syracuse University, was taking applications for new Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), it rejected an application from our Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter.

The reason? They took offense to our group’s recognition of the U.S. Constitution.

In their rejection letter to our club, the RSO Review Board said our group’s support of the Sharon Statement is “contradictory” to the university’s non-discrimination policy and stated that “requiring students to agree to the superiority of the U.S. Constitution is exclusionary to international students and other individuals.” I never imagined that our nation’s constitution, which grants us the freedoms that millennials so often take for granted, could be deemed offensive.

“I never imagined that our nation’s constitution, which grants us the freedoms that millennials so often take for granted, could be deemed offensive.”

The U.S. Constitution is the basis of American law, civil rights and the process by which we govern ourselves. This historical document has been copied throughout the world by free-thinking people committed to creating fair and just societies. I don’t know whether the Review Board realizes that international students, who travel to the United States from all over the world to study, do so specifically for the freedoms and opportunities we have that otherwise wouldn’t exist without our Constitution.

The Review Board also decried our chapter’s parent organization, Young America’s Foundation, as demonstrating “a pattern of past practice of supporting discourse via printed materials and/or other means that are deemed inflammatory.” Their one example was the organization’s “Patriot Pack” illustrating “an aircraft entering into the World Trade Center and inflammatory statements.”

These “inflammatory statements” are the words “Never Forget.”

According to the Review Board, these materials are “contradictory to the educational mission of Syracuse University.” I think their reasoning is pretty contradictory to Syracuse University’s proclaimed dedication to academic freedom.

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