Attn: Students – 1st Amendment protects you

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
 | 
Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

'no free speech' signA non-profit speech and religious rights organization has sued a major university after the school repeatedly failed to change an unconstitutional speech policy.

Current policy at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst only allows students free speech between noon and 1:00 p.m. in a small space near the Student Union building. Violation of the Code of Student Conduct may result in sanctions up to and including expulsion from the university.

Casey Mattox of Alliance Defending Freedom says his legal group filed a lawsuit last week after the school repeatedly refused to change its unconstitutional policy.

"Many groups, including ADF, have asked the school to change this policy – and they have not done so," the attorney explains. "When schools refuse to change these kinds of policies, that's exactly what the federal courts are for – and that's why we're here, to be able to represent students and make sure that the First Amendment is protected."

Mattox

According to ADF, the designated area for all "speeches and rallies" comprises less than one percent of the campus.

Mattox maintains it is essential for the sake of the nation's future to hold colleges and universities accountable when they violate the Constitution.

"Today's college students are going to be tomorrow's judges and legislators and voters," he points out, "and it's critically important that these students understand that the First Amendment protects them; and that the government needs to be following the First Amendment, not violating the rights of the students."

Alliance Defending Freedom filed the lawsuit on behalf of Nicholas Consolini, a student at UMass and a member of Young Americans for Liberty.

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

When you learn an NFL team is hosting an 'inclusion event' to promote homosexuals...

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Trump signs order to keep families together after crossing border
Over 100 arrested in another large-scale immigration raid
Canadian senate passes weed bill but legalization delayed
Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council
West Virginia Supreme Court justice indicted
Disney ups 21st Century Fox to more than $70.3B

LATEST FROM THE WEB

NYT finally admits the truth about child separations at the border
Racial bias training cost Starbucks big bucks
The big immigration charade
Weapons of mass manipulation
Professor: Learning math can cause ‘collateral damage’ to society

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
TX cheerleaders case drags on after school appeals

gavel with U.S. flagA legal battle over cheerleaders and their Bible verse banners continues in the courts but one attorney stresses it's about more than just paper and paint.