It should come as no surprise that colleges have become hostile environments for conservatives. What is surprising is their blatant disregard for the First Amendment and equal access in blocking conservative expression on campus.
Hypeline, in an exclusive story they broke today, is reporting that a student at Hagerstown Community College (HCC) in Maryland was denied the opportunity to form a Turning Point USA chapter at the college because it was “too political.” The student, in turn, has filed a lawsuit against the college to protect her right to free speech. Hypeline’s Kelsey Petruzzi reports:
Moriah DeMartino, a second year student at HCC, was denied the right to launch a Turning Point USA chapter on campus and told no such group could be established because of its political leanings. College administrators further stated in an email to DeMartino that the formation of an expressly partisan Republican club could only commence if a Democrat group was launched simultaneously.
There are over 800 Turning Point USA chapters at public and private campuses across the country, which are non-partisan and educate students on fiscal responsibility. However, it seems the group’s conservative leanings have caused them to be targeted by liberals. DeMartino reported an HCC Political Science advisor refused to support her formation of a club, saying the group was “too political.”
It seems, however, that HCC has no problem approving the formation of clubs with liberal political leanings. HCC has a club for the National Organization for Women (NOW) and a Spectrum Club, whose “primary goal is to create a safe environment for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, and straight allies,” Hypeline reports.
It seems ridiculous that a college would deny students of a particular persuasion the chance to organize a club because students of another political persuasion aren’t motivated to do so as well. Based on their unequal treatment of political clubs on campus, it seems like a convenient excuse to deny conservatives a voice. DeMartino’s lawsuit will hopefully change that.
We highly suggest you read the entire article at Hypeline, which you can access by clicking right here.