Christian student sues college for limits on preaching
December 26, 2016
Chike Uzuegbunam filed a complaint on against officials with Georgia Gwinnett College in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division. The student alleges violation of his free speech rights to preach on campus.
In the complaint, Uzuegbunam took issue with GGC’s “Freedom of Expression Policy,” which the suit says “restricts all types of student speech to two small speech zones that occupy less than 0.0015 percent of campus.” as reported by the Christian Post.
“To use these speech zones, students must submit a ‘free speech area request’ form three days in advance and submit any publicity materials and literature they want to distribute to administrators for review,” read the suit.
“If students want to speak — whether through oral or written communication — anywhere else on campus, then they must obtain a permit from college officials. Thus, students may not speak spontaneously anywhere on campus. If students violate this policy, they … expose themselves to a variety of sanctions, including expulsion.”
Uzuegbunam is being represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, law firm based in Scottsdale, Arizona. ADF Legal Counsel Travis Barham said in a statement released Tuesday that the suit was a matter of First Amendment rights.
“Every public school — and especially a state college that is supposed to be the ‘marketplace of ideas’ — has the duty to protect and promote those freedoms,” said Barham.
Original article by The Christian Post / TRUNEWS summary.
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