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OnIslam reports:

Created a year ago at the University of Texas, the U.S.’s first Muslim fraternity is gaining national attention as two chapters have been created at the University of California, San Diego and Cornell, and plans are being made to establish chapters at Pennsylvania, San Diego and the University of Florida. …

With this sense of brotherhood, the fraternity hopes to one day grant its members the networking opportunities that every other fraternity provides.

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A University of Texas law professor says we need to trash our nation’s founding document, and come up with a new, more modern constitution.

The Houston Press reports:

University of Texas law professor Sandy Levinson (he’s also a visiting professor at Harvard) is one of the most respected constitutional law scholars in the country, and, increasingly, one of the most iconoclastic. Levinson’s scholarly crusade been calling attention to the Constitution’s “hard-wired” features (e.g., the Senate, life tenure for Supreme Court justices, the difficulty of removing presidents) that he believes makes America fundamentally undemocratic. Levinson has come to the .conclusion that “the system just does not work anymore. The output fails. It’s not a government that can solve problems…”

Of course he’s “also” a visiting professor at Harvard. With such a blatant dislike of the constitution, we wouldn’t expect anything less.

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The University of Texas college student at the helm of the controversial and eventually cancelled “Catch An Illegal Immigrant” event has come under extreme fire, including death threats and accusations of being a “traitor to his race,” Clash Daily reports.

The event had been structured to reward students with $25 gift certificates for catching student-actors walking around campus adorned with “illegal immigrant” signs.

“I acknowledge that decision to include issuing $25 gift cards during the event was misguided and that the idea for the event was intentionally over-the-top in order to get attention for the subject,” Lorenzo Garcia, head of the UT-chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas, which organized the event, has stated. “It is a simple fact that illegal immigration is a concern in this country and that it is one we must face.”

Clash Daily reports the young man has now become a target.

Garcia is being painted by the ever-so-tolerant Left as a “promoter of hate” while they meanwhile call him an “Uncle Tom,” a “traitor to his race,” and make death threats against him, all for merely planning a role-playing exercise to provoke discussion about enforcement of U.S. immigration laws.

Garcia is having his young life and future virtually ruined, says someone close to him, who is concerned about Google searches of Lorenzo’s name producing results including “racist,” and “race traitor,” just because he intended to stage a mock play about immigration enforcement. …

The numerous media stories about the controversy mainly haven’t reported on the harassment and death threats Garcia has received; I (Donald Joy) had to learn about that part in an email from someone personally connected to Lorenzo. That person writes:

“I just cannot grasp how it is more hateful to believe that people should be legal citizens than it is to try and literally ruin a young college student’s life (a young hispanic college student – first in his family to go to college).

“Because his views aren’t the mainstream views of the hispanic community democrats are calling him a traitor to his race and telling him he is not allowed to have those beliefs.”

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Citing possible retaliation and safety concerns, the University of Texas chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas has canceled its plans to host a controversial “Catch An Illegal Immigrant” event, which was slated to take place today at the Austin-based college.

In a statement, the student group’s chairman, Lorenzo Garcia, said certain aspects of the event were misguided and intended to maximize attention, the Daily Texan reports.

The event had been structured to reward students with $25 gift certificates for catching student-actors walking around campus adorned with “illegal immigrant” signs.

“I acknowledge that decision to include issuing $25 gift cards during the event was misguided and that the idea for the event was intentionally over-the-top in order to get attention for the subject,” Garcia stated, according to the Daily Texan campus newspaper. “It is a simple fact that illegal immigration is a concern in this country and that it is one we must face.”

“Opponents of YCT have claimed that I am being used as a front man,” Garcia added. “I have been called an ‘Uncle Tom.’ I have received e-mails and comments via social media filled with obscenity. The reactions of some who claim that YCT is creating a demeaning or degrading environment on campus have been truly disgraceful.”

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Campus Reform reports today on a controversy surrounding a student-organized game at UT-Austin.

A conservative student group at the University of Texas-Austin (UT) says it plans to host a “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” game on Wednesday in which students will be encouraged to hunt down, and capture other students wearing “illegal immigrant” badges.

According to a Facebook invitation several students will walk campus grounds with a label marking them as “illegal immigrants.” UT students who catch an “illegal immigrant” and return them to the organization will receive a $25 gift card…

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ObamaUT2With props that included a severed plastic arm and signs that read “Obamacare,” “quality” and “affordable” written in fake blood, a small group of conservative students at the University of Texas recently took to the quad to protest the Affordable Care Act – and the effort actually garnered support from some professors in the process.

“We had several professors stop and high-five us,” Cody Jo Bankhead, student spokeswoman for the University of Texas chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas, told The College Fix. “The general reaction was positive.”

In fact, the three-hour protest only prompted visible negative reactions from two students, she said in an email.

“There was one person who walked by and yelled, ‘Tell your party thanks for shutting down the government, it really helped the economy,’ ” she said. “… And after we had been out there for about two hours, a random student came up and stood next to us holding a sign that said: ‘Health care is a human right.’ ”

The conservative students held civil, intelligent conversations with both of them, Bankhead added.

The Thursday afternoon demonstration was conducted in the West Mall of UT’s campus. Seven students from the nonpartisan Young Conservatives of Texas took part. The goal was to educate students about the truth behind the Affordable Care Act, including how many people have lost health insurance because of it, Bankhead said.

“We spoke to students about what it entails, what will be changing in regards to health care, how many people will be and have already lost their health insurance, and how Obamacare will negatively affect the economy,” she said.

The protest comes on the heels of another high-profile effort conducted by the University of Texas chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas, in which they took a stand against affirmative action through a bakesale. That observance prompted a major backlash.

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