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Preaching student sues Georgia college for restricting his free speech

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A lawsuit is accusing Georgia Gwinnett College of censoring free speech. A student was allegedly forbidden from preaching in the school’s “free speech zone,” itself a violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution, the lawsuit states.

The issue of freedom of speech in academia has been an increasingly hot button issue, especially for Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC), a public college in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Chike Uzuegbunam, a current student, claims that he was prevented from preaching at one of the school’s two “free speech zones” despite having followed the school’s request procedure.

The lawsuit was filed by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a conservative Christian nonprofit involved in lawsuits defending business owners’ rights to refuse to provide services to same-sex couples.

The lawsuit claims that Uzuegbunam “sought to share his Christian faith peacefully” on the campus but was told to get permission to speak at one of the two “speech zones” on campus. The speech zones are open 18 hours each week, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

The Sidewalk Speech Zone comprises approximately 11,718 square feet,” and occupies approximately 0.001 percent of the campus, the lawsuit notes. FULL STORY

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