Attorney: Universities heeding call for religious rights on campus

Monday, June 10, 2013
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

Alliance Defending Freedom reports 30 public universities have responded favorably since the organization began a campaign to protect students' free-speech rights on campus. 

The purpose of the campaign was to inform university officials if their policies conflict with the Constitution, says ADF attorney Kevin Theriot.

Theriot, Kevin (ADF)The mission is to protect students "who are often the victims of discrimination in these contexts because they're expressing a view that's either religious or considered offensive by others," he explains.

The first course of action is to send a letter to administration officials, which "gives them an opportunity to fix this without litigation," the attorney tells OneNewsNow.

One example is student activity fees used by nonreligious groups while unfairly excluding religious organizations.

"If you are a student, you're contributing to the fee fund," Theriot explains. "You can have your event sponsored by or financed by the fund no matter what your point of view is."

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled on that issue, Theriot says.

The ADF website includes materials that advise parents and students about their rights in K-12 and in college

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