Lovers of religious liberty in North Carolina, and throughout the nation, should be grateful for the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF). Formed in 1994, ADF was created to unashamedly defend our First Amendment right to religious liberty. And much to the chagrin of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), it has become a formidable foe to the ACLU’s progressive and anti-religious liberty agenda.
Recently, ADF filed suit against the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG). There exists a general assumption that institutions of higher learning tend to be bastions for liberalism. If that is the case, UNCG has lived up to its expectations. Interestingly, UNCG denied a campus group, named “Make Up Your Own Mind,” access to funds and facility space provided by the university to all other groups on campus. According to WRAL, “Make Up Your Own Mind” is a pro-abstinence, pro-life, Christian group. Does it sound like religious liberty is being blatantly attacked? I think so.
UNCG thought it could get away with a deliberate attempt to squelch religious freedom. Not on ADF’s watch, though. UNCG greatly underestimated ADF’s commitment to religious liberty.
ADF rushed onto the scene and did what the organization does best: it filed suit against UNCG, calling out the university on its violation of religious liberty and obvious hypocrisy. It turns out that UNCG is all bark and no bite. After the suit was filed, the university quickly backed down from its previous position of intolerance and granted “Make Up Your Own Mind” the same funding and facility access privileges as other groups on campus. The university stated that school officials “misinterpreted” the university’s non-discrimination policy. However, I do not think there was a misinterpretation. I believe that some in UNCG administration knew what they were doing. Intentional discrimination was taking place. Nonetheless, in victory, ADF dropped the suit. Placed in scoreboard form, the result would look something like this:
UNCG’s Liberal Agenda of Religious Intolerance: 0
Universities are supposed to be places where ideas can be freely exchanged, debated, and explored. Students are to be exposed to numerous fields of study, along with living in an atmosphere where various intellectual and social activities can prosper. At least, this is what the Left continually tells us. However, as with the incident at UNCG, liberal hypocrisy was only one lawsuit away from being exposed.
Sadly, the flow of ideas in most universities is rather lopsided. Secular Humanism has become the default ideology that pervades academia. Thankfully, though, organizations like ADF do exist to help turn back the tide by promoting true equality and freedom, and thwarting the Left’s intolerant agenda. Thank you, Alliance Defense Fund, for standing up for freedom. Please keep up the good work!