HERNDON, VA – Despite growing pressure from the public, La Reina High School, a Catholic school for girls in Thousand Oaks, California, has doubled down on its rejection of student Isabella Foxen’s application to start a Young Americans for Freedom chapter.
In a recent meeting with Isabella’s parents, school administrators claimed Isabella’s club—aimed at organizing events including a celebration of Ronald Reagan’s birthday and “Freedom Week”—would be too “militant” and too “political” for La Reina’s campus.
But in La Reina’s eyes, a speech on ecofeminism from a Green Party candidate isn’t “political” or “militant.” Last year, the same administrator who denied the students’ plans for a YAF chapter introduced a Green Party candidate at a school event (VIDEO).
La Reina welcomed this Green Party candidate (and has a “Green Team” club), but when Isabella—and the 86 students who signed her petition—tried to start a club to host patriotic events, the school said no.
The school’s “political” excuse is inconsistent and inaccurate. Young Americans for Freedom is not political, and YAF has historically had a presence at hundreds of Catholic colleges and high schools across the country.
Never before has this excuse been used to block a chapter or event on a Catholic campus. The archdiocese which governs La Reina and Young America’s Foundation share the same tax status. Both are educational, non-political nonprofit organizations.
Young America’s Foundation continues to call on La Reina administrators to reverse their decision. Paragraph 1732 in the Catholic Catechism states, “Human freedom is a force for growth and maturity in truth and goodness.” Promoting freedom is consistent with Catholic principles and this school’s discriminatory policies must not be tolerated.
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Young America’s Foundation is an educational organization promoting conservative ideas on our nation’s campuses through lectures, publications, and conferences. During the last year, the Foundation sponsored more than 600 lectures, including addresses by Vice President Dick Cheney, Senator Marco Rubio, Nobel Laureate Lech Walesa, Dinesh D’Souza, and Steve Forbes. In 1998, Young America’s Foundation saved the Reagan Ranch, and with the Reagan Ranch Center in downtown Santa Barbara, uses it to educate young people about the President’s ideas. To learn more, visit www.yaf.org.