Friday, September 29, 2017

Justice Dept. Joins College Free Speech Suit

From the Lawrenceville Patch:

The U.S. Justice Department has weighed in on a lawsuit against Georgia Gwinnett College, arguing that a student wanting to spread his religious faith was unconstitutionally prohibited from doing so.

With its statement of interest in the case, the department, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, drags GGC into a wider, ongoing debate about freedom of speech on the nation's college campuses.

"A national recommitment to free speech on campus and to ensuring First Amendment rights is long overdue," Sessions said in a statement on Tuesday. "Which is why, starting today, the Department of Justice will do its part in this struggle. We will enforce federal law, defend free speech, and protect students’ free expression."

The lawsuit, by Chike Uzuegbunam, was filed by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian organization that has been deemed "virulently anti-gay" by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

You can read more here.

Whatever the merits of the case, why did A.G. Jeff Sessions and his  Justice  Department decide  to launch their crusade not against an elite university with sophisticated resources, but against a non elite college in small town Georgia?

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