Communists Have Safe Space at Samford University

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Samford University in Alabama is now a safe space for communists after the school banned an anti-communist conservative student group from campus.

The administration at Samford prohibited the Young America's Freedom organization, or YAF, from founding a chapter at the university. School officials said the group is banned because the YAF national charter has "inflammatory language," the Washington Examiner reported. The Faculty Senate is asking YAF to amend its charter.

A Samford University official sent an email on the matter.

"We're looking for the YAF student group to amend or justify the inflammatory language listed in their purpose," the email said. "This is the direct statement from the Sharon Statement that, though likely appropriate in 1960, does not hold the same in 2016."

The "inflammatory language" stems from the Sharon Statement, a document created by the founders of YAF in 1960. It ends saying that communism is the greatest threat to American liberty.

That the forces of international Communism are, at present, the greatest single threat to these liberties;

That the United States should stress victory over, rather than coexistence with, this menace;

That American foreign policy must be judged by this criterion: does it serve the just interests of the United States?

A student at Samford University, Karalee Geis, told the Examiner the faculty "said that we were not being kind to those who had a communist background."

Samford University is a Southern Baptist college near Birmingham, Alabama.