ADF has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a student in Louisiana
whose free-speech rights were restricted during a pro-life event on
When the Louisiana State University (LSU) student wanted to
distribute literature during the Pro-Life Day of
Silent Solidarity, she was told she could only do so in the
school's "Free Speech Alley." Matt Sharp of the Alliance Defending Freedom explains what that
"This strip of concrete -- about 1,000 square feet,
about 80 feet long -- is the designated location for free speech on
campus, the only place anywhere out of a 650-acre campus that
students can distribute literature," he tells OneNewsNow.
"When our client went to request to be able to do so, she was
told You can hand it out in Free Speech Alley and nowhere
ADF has written to LSU officials, hoping the school will follow
the examples of others that have eliminated these types of
"There [have] been several court cases [like this]," Sharp
notes. "In fact, one just earlier this year up in the University of
Cincinnati that had a very similar restriction, and the court there
held it unconstitutional."
The ADF attorney adds that the university requiring students to
register in order to reserve space in the Free Speech Alley is also
LSU recently came under fire for editing out the
crosses painted on the chests of the school's famous "Painted
Posse." Officials then went a step further and declared the school
a "religious symbol-free zone."