Federally-funded colleges and universities are stepping up their campaigns of official oppression against conservatives, but in doing so they are running afoul of the law.

Young Americans for Freedom is suing the University of Virginia after the school refused to recognize that campus’ chapter.

UVA claims YAF violates anti-discrimination policies by only allowing conservatives to be members.

The Washington Times reported:

The University of Virginia says it will not recognize a conservative club because the organization limits its membership to those who affirm conservative principles…

Young America’s Foundation (YAF) is an organization dedicated to advancing the conservative cause at America’s colleges and universities. The 57-year-old group has chapters on hundreds of campuses nationwide. Members are required to affirm the organization’s founding document, the “Sharon Statement,” which was drafted at the home of late conservative luminary William F. Buckley Jr.

In a Nov. 5 letter to YAF, Ty Zirkle, vice president for organizations at the UVA Student Council, said requiring members to affirm the Sharon Statement violates the university’s policy against “political affiliation” discrimination.

“Support for the Sharon Statement can absolutely be included in the mission/purpose section of the constitution and will naturally attract interested students, but it cannot be a membership requirement,” Mr. Zirkle wrote.

He recommended “removing some wording from the bylaws that give the executive board the ability to terminate membership on any basis” so as to bring the club’s “practices in line with University policy.”

Not only does UVA’s decision violate Virginia law, it also violates the Constitution, and is itself prohibited discrimination.  As a public university, it cannot prohibit students from associating in any manner they wish.

VA Code Ann. § 23.1-400 holds that student organizations at public universities may conduct activities ‘in furtherance of the organization’s religious or political mission,’ and ‘only persons committed to that mission should conduct such activities,’” the Times notes. “These activities include “ordering the organization’s internal affairs, selecting the organization’s leaders and members, defining the organization’s doctrines, and resolving the organization’s disputes.

But President Trump and Congress can do something to stop this.  It’s time to adopt legislation terminating all federal funds, including federally-managed student loans, to any college or university found by a court to have engaged in discrimination.

After the University of California at Berkeley refused to allow “alt-right” figure Milo Yiannopoulos to speak on their publicly-funded campus, Trump hinted he may terminate federal funding in response.

If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?,” Trump tweeted on Feb. 2.

Trump’s ability to do that by Executive Order appears to be constrained by federal law, which does not allow the White House to terminate funding based on political discrimination.

But Congress could change that, by adopting legislation either allowing the Education Department to withhold funds to schools found to engage in discrimination, or by adopting an outright prohibition on federal funds, including the issuance of new student loans, to colleges and universities found by a court to have violated constitutional rights or have engaged in discrimination.

One way would be to amend the civil rights law.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in programs or activities which receive federal financial assistance.  Congress could simply amend the act to include “political beliefs” to the list of protected classifications.

With colleges and universities stepping up their unconstitutional and illegal “Resistance” tactics, it’s time Congress fights fire with fire, and “Make The First Amendment Great Again.”