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Clinton Township, Mich. Spring 2006. Michigan State student Kyle Bristow, 19, leads a swarm of nearly 100 followers in a “straight power” rally across campus. The signs they held for the event were, to say the least, blunt.

The American public needs to be protected from these degenerates.

End faggotry.

YAF members find homosexuality and other forms of sexual deviancy to be disgusting.

This public display was recorded by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which claims the demonstration was to protest a 2006 bill which proposed to protect against sexual orientation bias.

Established in 1960 with more than 100 chapters nationwide, the organization mostly referred to as YAF is a conservative group dedicated to ending  “the domination of liberal ideas” on high school and college campuses, according to their official website home page.

What happened at MSU was just one of crusades hosted by that chapter. Others? There was “Catch an Illegal Immigrant Day,” which was halted due to its nature, according to Southern Poverty Center, and the “Koran Desecration Contest.”

Shortly after in 2011, president of the Penn State chapter, Samuel Settle, led his members in a similar racial demonstration, as reported by the school’s newspaper “The Collegian.”

The group collectively created a 10-foot-high wall that depicted two silhouettes of angry soldiers wearing bandanas with a foreign inscription. The two men were each armed with extremely large guns, and surrounding them were a numbered list of 10 lies that Palestinian culture apparently proliferates. The towering piece was titled “The Palestinian Wall of Lies.”

Both Bistrow and Settle were glorified heroes by many supporters on their respective campuses.

They were deemed exemplary leaders, two Americans brave enough to stand up to authority. And their legacy has reached Las Positas College.

Turner Zischka, 19, founder of the Las Positas chapter of YAF, is a leader who is only beginning to follow in their footsteps. Protecting his “right to fight the fights that can be fought.”

Zischka, a Livermore native, said his main role as founder is to implement more “practical ways of doing things in this world.”

Though he said his views don’t always line up with what the organization wants, Zischka said he firmly believes that spreading conservatism can help “not only individuals but salvage the society at large.”

LPC’s version of YAF officially became a club in 2016. Its presence has been controversial ever since.

With such an extreme background, the Inter Club Council at the college had a difficult time moving forward with the establishment of the club.

Multiple club representatives from YAF who attended the ICC meetings in hopes of getting approved, claimed to have no affiliation with the original association established in 1960.

The Inter Club Council was well aware of the groups across the nation like MSU and Penn State that received national attention for their acts of bigotry behavior, and put up a fight for the establishment of the club, made up of mainly white men.

The local group reluctantly manifested on campus in 2016, and has become the center of campus life controversy ever since.

This liberal campus is more right wing than we thought, and the establishment of the Young Americans for Freedom is proof.

But maybe this chapter of Young Americans for freedom is a new, more tolerable spinoff. After all, there demonstrations on campus have yet to take any radical stances on racial or sexual preferences.

Regardless, this isn’t to say they aren’t being met with resistance at almost every turn.

The latest appearance was at the National Walk Out, which the campus participated in on March 14, one month after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

One of the club’s representatives, Noah Thompson, found himself in a heated debate with students at the LPC event. He lobbied for the right to bear arms at protest pleading for gun reform.

The club printed up and spread around flyers and posters that read Guns Don’t Kill People, People Do and Stand Up to Big Government.

Club members anticipate creating a larger presence on campus. Thompson and Zischka, as the club’s website proclaims, are “tired of liberal and Marxist professors indoctrinating (our) classmates.”

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  • by Ron Robinson
    Posted April 23, 2018 4:53 PM 0Likes

    This article is riddled with inaccurate information.

    Kyle Bristow never had a nationally chartered chapter of Young Americans for Freedom at Michigan State University. The Southern Poverty Law Center, as leftwing as it is, knows full well that YAF has been subject to hate group attacks from its inception on precisely because it has always been diverse and welcoming to all who share our freedom principles.

    To call YAF “alt-right” based on a person who falsely claimed to represent YAF years ago, and in contrast to the actions and beliefs of thousands of YAF chapters over these years, is nothing less than a hateful smear tactic.

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