Harvard Suppresses Freedom of Association

Harvard University, along with suppressing the freedom of speech, is now suppressing the freedom of association.

Recently adopted policies punish students for their membership in gender-specific organizations, such as fraternities and sororities. Punishments include being barring them from leadership roles in varsity sports programs and in university recognized student organizations.

Apparently, the most prestigious university in the country, if not the world, has no tolerance for allowing its students to associate freely with those they choose. Not only is this a clear violation of students’ Constitutional rights, as guaranteed by the First Amendment. Freedom of association is also guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and international law.

But never mind. Harvard knows best.

The practice adopted by too many universities, especially universities that are partially supported by federal funds, to suppress rights guaranteed by the Constitution is abominable. Students who are paying rather extravagant amounts of tuition to attend Harvard and other universities do not surrender their Constitutional rights on entering these hallowed portals. Yet, Harvard seems to think otherwise. They seem to be saying, “Pay us huge amounts of money for the privilege of attending our schools, and we’ll be sure to indoctrinate you in the history of Western oppression, all while we suppress your own human rights.” Amazing!

What’s even more amazing is that too many students and faculty members agree to the suppression of the basic rights of students. Until students, supported by sane and truly liberal-minded faculty, stand up against this egregious practice, universities like Harvard will feel free to act as they wish.

Be Christ for all. Bring Christ to all. See Christ in all.



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