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FIRE Victory at CMU

Intriguing, in particular, because it involves a devious plot to infiltrate, and destroy from within, a conservative student organization:

Central Michigan University (CMU) has revised a policy that absurdly banned ideological and political groups from “discriminating” on the basis of “political persuasion.” FIRE urged CMU to change this policy after students hostile to the mission of the Young Americans for Freedom student group attempted to become members of the group in order to destroy it from the inside. FIRE informed CMU that freedom of association includes the right to exclude members who do not subscribe to a group’s mission. Thanks to FIRE’s intervention, CMU has rewritten its policy, informed student groups of the change, and vows to have the new policy on the books by the start of next semester.

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