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Free Speech on Campus Goes Before the Supreme Court

01/21/21

John Stonestreet

Roberto Rivera

Chike Uzuegbunam is the son of Nigerian immigrants. When he became a Christian, he wanted to share his faith with his fellow students at Georgia Gwinett College.

College administrators had different ideas. They told him he could only talk about Jesus in one of the school’s tiny “free speech zones,” and he’d have to make a reservation first! Chike complied, but even then, campus police told him to stop.

After the Alliance Defending Freedom stepped in. After filing a lawsuit, the college, rescinded the restriction and sought the dismissal of the suit, claiming, in essence, “no harm no foul.”

ADF is opposing the dismissal because it would leave Gwinett and other schools free to impose similar restrictions in the future. If they get caught, all they have to say is, “Oops, my bad!”

Last Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Chike’s case. At stake here is the ability of Christians and other students to make their case on campuses without having to hire a lawyer first. 

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My college tried to stop me from speaking about religion. Now, we’ll meet in the Supreme Court.

Chike Uzuegbunam | The Washington Post | January 11, 2021

Stand for Free Speech

Alliance Defending Freedom | 2021

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